Microsoft's Backtracking Might Not Have Been For Us

No longer will Xbox fans have to suffer through online check ins or restrictions on used games in order to play their games

However, the backtracking might not have been done with gamers in mind. Rather, publishers may have been the reason for the change in the Xbox One's policies.

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pompombrum1999d ago (Edited 1999d ago )

It was to stop all the bad press they were getting. Didn't funny boy Don already come out and say they expected this reaction from vocal gamers over the internet and that the slightly uninformed wouldn't be effected? They probably didn't expect all the hate to spew out all over the media though and the Jimmy Fallon thing was probably the last straw. If the uninformed suddenly become informed, then they were always going to be in trouble.

Either that or Mattrick was dumb enough to believe that a great E3 focused entirely on games would be enough to have gamers bending over for their restrictions.

Either way, this whole fiasco imho means Microsoft need to change to or add to it's Xbox division because the current execs are clearly out of touch with gamers.

RyuCloudStrife1999d ago

I find funny that people are screaming that the gamers made it happen LOL I'm sorry gamers played no role in this decision, but that's how they have to sell it to you:

"Oh we, have listened to you. That's why these changes were made to please you"

Please people M$ ain't making decisions with your benefit in mind, they doing it to stay competitive with, Sony, the company who they claim is not their competitor.


pompombrum1999d ago

Exactly, anyone with half a brain can pick apart their update and smell the BS spewing from it. It was the only way they could play it though, I just hope after such an embarrassment they will look to shake up their Xbox division with some people who actually understand gamers.

Sitdown1999d ago

What are you talking about? The competition with Sony is about what?....selling consoles. Who is the target audience for video game consoles? Gamers. So how can you say gamers played no part in this...when making money off them is the end goal. While you make the claim about directly, you can not discount the indirect impact.

pompombrum1999d ago (Edited 1999d ago )

Microsoft's target is "entertainment consumers" not gamers specifically. If gamers are what changed Microsoft's mind, they'd have known people's reaction back when everyone was complaining about Sim City. If gamers were what swayed them, they'd have done the logical thing and announced they were dropping internet checks and drm back at E3 to huge REAL applause from the audience instead of the cringe worthy fake wooers. Actually, if they had done that, they'd have probably taken E3 after such a solid showing of games instead of leaving E3 with their head inbetween their legs.

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iamtehpwn1999d ago

It's simple as this: Publishers were concerned with Xbox One Sales decline due to the controversy. They want More Xbox One solds so their mutliplatform games will have bigger install bases and sell more. It's that simple.

Gamer19821999d ago

That and pre-orders were 1-8 to Sony in USA alone where Xbox dominated last gen and only the night before the change Jimmy Fallon brought up the fact you can only play used games on PS4 to a cheer from the audience. That was national TV that was the audience MS was going for not the gaming audience. They ignored the bad press of E3 as they have lost interest in gamers believing they are only a small part in there future but a hit on national TV? That's a killer for them as that's where there future market lies so they went and changed it. The crazy thing is non gamers won't be buying xbox ones when they buy rokus etc.. in US for there non TV needs which are a 1/4 of the price and no TV's are starting to come with voice control built in and no doubt there will be a cable box with it in the near future.

Aceman181999d ago

it was for their shareholders who saw the low number of preorders.

dedicatedtogamers1999d ago (Edited 1999d ago )

"Microsoft's Backtracking Might Not Have Been For Us"

Hmmm, what leads you to make that conclusion?

Was it the full month they kept telling gamers that this is the future, that they're sticking with their plan, that we need to see it for ourselves before judging it?

Or was it the near-instantaneous flip-flop after this news started hitting mass-market media like Jimmy Fallon? Or was it after seeing the pre-orders lagging behind PS4?

Yeah, I'm sure it was for us, Microsoft. Because you were listening back in May, weren't you? And you totally announced the changes at E3, right? (link http://www.escapistmagazine... )

NameRemoved00171999d ago

My guess is Game Publishers told them to drop it so they could make more $.

Ray1861999d ago

I think that they saw this and said Oh Oh, I think their talking about us.

pr0t0typeknuckles1999d ago

of course it wasnt for us,it seems like they were saying,oh crap sonys gonna kill us on relese day,all because they support used games and no drm,what do we do?,we have to change our policy,we cant afford to lose to sony,were Micro$$$oft we need Money.

Tainted Gene1999d ago

"Microsoft's Backtracking Might Not Have Been For Us"

Hellsvacancy1999d ago

XBL price increase incoming

Kingthrash3601999d ago

M$ was always about the $$$$$$$$$$......they did it for the $$$$$$$$$$$$.....the only thing they ever liked about humans was we give them$$$$$$$$$$$$ and since we started giving sony $$$$$$$$$$$$$ and giving them ¢¢¢¢¢ ¢¢¢¢¢& #162;¢ they felt they had to do something to get our $$$$$$$$$$$$ back so they did what they should have did in the first place. still even after this they will get ¢¢¢¢¢ ¢¢¢¢¢& #162;¢ because once you cross most gamers you've lost them for a that kinect is still a trash gimmick and 499 is asking too much for a inferior console...99$for the youve already lost.

unchartedxplorer1999d ago

that's a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Bzone241999d ago

I know that some people won't believe this but Sony isnt a charity. They are in it for the money. If there was no money in it there would be no playstation. But Sony cares about us. Yes they do. They want your money.

Morpheuzpr1999d ago

Yeah but the difference is that while MS is trying to milk the cow till it drops dead, Sony is milking it but also feeding it so that it's able to keep producing.

MS is nothing but a leach in the video games industry IMO.

Convas1999d ago

"They did it for the $"


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