Xbox One’s DRM Will Probably Come Back

At this point, many people are cheering, high giving, and wiping their collective brows to utter a “Whew, we dodged that bullet,” in response to Microsoft’s stunning reversal of its DRM policies. The people were angry, and it showed enough in public response—and presumably pre-order numbers—that Don Mattrick had to issue a public cancellation of its plans in order to win back some fans, and calm the storm of investors who were likely screaming the background.

So the upshot of this is the gamers won. For now. I strongly doubt however, that this is a permanent retreat, and more likely just a reprieve before the policies—in some new way, shape or form—get slowly re-implemented back into the Xbox One.

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Wizziokid1966d ago

MS where very keen on their policies and i don't think they will just give them all up. I could see them re-appearing at some point

abzdine1966d ago

as i said before, when they get enough pigeons on board they will reverse policy just like they did last week.
X1 is built to support DRM so no surprise if DRM comes back

aCasualGamer1966d ago

I wouldn't go back to Microsoft for taking back their policies and DRM.

They've already shown that they would actually go through with it had it not been for gamers basically boycotting Xbox One. As soon as gamers have bought their console, they will come back with the policies in some way.

Believe you me.

Peppino71966d ago

For some weird feeling... I think they might revamp their policies again when their xb1 consumer base is big enough that people won't have an option.

Manic20141965d ago

if they reverse again the policies once the consumer's have bought the consoles' they will just lose more customers than before and to to Sony for a Gaming device. Most consumer's would trade in the console and it's games to get the PS4. It's highly doubtful that they would return back to the original DRM, Maybe for the console after this they may slowly implement the DRM again but for now, i doubt they will do that.

abzdine1965d ago

the best thing is to buy a PS4 and wait 2-3 years to see how MS is gonna do with their policy cause i can hardly imagine that all the money put into the development of a DRM machine was just spent for nothing! i just think of it like this

indysurfn1965d ago

Am I the only person that caught this?

Microsoft qoute:'An internet connection will not be required to play OFFLINE Xbox One games'
If they where not trying to fool you it would
read:'An internet connection will not be required to play Xbox One games'. see the difference? I don't care if it drops to 199
It This is what Microsoft meant by they will make this CLEAR. (MORE TRICKY) This could just be a feature on the back of the box.

So if they dont make a offline
box like they have a 'online multi player' capable box on the back of the disc it is okay to still drm you to there hearts are content!!!

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Blackdeath_6631966d ago (Edited 1966d ago )

the damage was already done. if DRM comes back it has to be in another form and seeing their focus on the power of the cloud i think that is exactly how they will implement it. running cloud servers are expensive to maintain so game running entirely on the cloud will not be able to be sold,traded in freely in its current form without both the devs AND microsoft who are running those servers taking a loss on each used game. having said that i don't think we will be seeing games like that anytime soon but that is the direction MS are heading at some point we may even see games running on the cloud not because they need to but just as an excuse for DRM.

i think it would be a mistake for MS to make games that run entirely on the cloud and require DRM when the same games can be played just as well on another system without the cloud and without DRM (as in the ps4) MS would be wise to limit this to first party exclusives only should they chose to do so

RedHawkX1966d ago

yep i agree it will come back just like how xbl price went up. you had to pay more for no extra features for xbox live. this is how ms works and if people want to be ignorant they gonna be looking like idiots for buying one.

BoneIdle1966d ago

One day I hope that idiots would learn what DRM actually is and stop claiming Xbox removed it. They only moved the DRM from the cloud to the disk.

Mikeyy1965d ago

With this whole cloud business, something is fishy, i'll bet a lot of XBone's games are still labled "Online only" on the box.

otherwise this magic cloud will never get used.

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THC CELL1966d ago

they will let everyone buy the console and boom got ye

chamber1966d ago

They could have a class action lawsuit if they do

humbleopinion1965d ago

Not sure if a class action lawsuit will work. Sony gimped their PS3 console this gen and forced away Linux, and yet many fanboys actually hailed them.

The only thing you can do in such a case is refuse any updates, but that means you might no longer be able to play newer games.

Mikeyy1965d ago

XBOX's EULA Specifically states you waver any such right to a Class Action Lawsuit.

The've been doing this since the RROD.

Foxgod1966d ago

Doubt it, they would shoot themselves with that, and they know it.
Not that it would matter to me, because i was never bothered with having to be online once a day.

But they know it would cost them a major chunk of their fanbase.

Baka-akaB1966d ago (Edited 1966d ago )

i dont share your optimism . "All" they have to do is think hard about some kind of feature that would make it taste sweet for the commmon gamer ... and now they got lots of time to think about it .

And who knows , maybe then it will effectively be a good thing ...

Hicken1965d ago

Knowing how they would shoot themselves didn't stop them from pushing the DRM in the first place, did it?

steve30x1966d ago

Just the tought of it coming back is putting me off buying the Xbox one

RedHawkX1966d ago

i agree im not gonna fall for ms's tricks like a blind xbox fanboy.