Does removing DRM and always online from the Xbox One fix the problem?

It’s official. Microsoft has decided to do away with the need to “connect online at least once every 24 hours” and making it impossible to trade or let your friends borrow your games (thanks to certain DRM rules). This news came after Sony burned them at E3. Microsoft came out on the bottom, and fans were upset and started jumping on the Sony bandwagon because they hated the fact that big brother is watching.

There were a few comparisons to Steam by Microsoft as well. They were trying to be trendsetters, but it obviously did not pan out as the internet was calling foul on Microsoft for imposing such limits. Needing to connect to the internet once every 24 hrs to play a game even if offline is a bad idea. It’s a terrible idea for those who live in areas with a terrible internet connection. It may sound odd, but I know a few people who have Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, but don’t care or want internet for their personal reasons. Steam allows you to play your games offline once you purchase it. You can connect to the servers for updates or play multiplayer games, but that’s about it. Microsoft was self imposing that rule because they want to make sure consoles weren’t being modded.

965389_630904750272860_1704616315_o Used games and rental services like Redbox and Gamefly are great for people who don’t always have the money to buy a $60 game. It gives them a chance to play a larger selection of games, but it’s not always best for the publishers since they don’t see a dime from used or rentals. These are the main reasons why DLCs and Season Passes exist. Nothing is stopping a company like Activision to buy back their own games, giving customers credit for it or a percentage of that in cash. Microsoft wanted to cash in on this by charging the middle man (GameStop, Best Buy, etc.) a fee.

The backlash for MS was pretty bad. 360 owners were calling and canceling their subscriptions to show Microsoft that if they plan on screwing with their fanbase, there will be retaliation. It worked, since now Microsoft has gone back on everything they were hoping to do as it was possibly one of their worst decisions ever.

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Worst of all, there was a quote from Xbox Chief Don Mattrick about the whole online problem:

“Fortunately, we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity, it’s called Xbox 360.”

Not the best PR move ever.

It’s a win for Sony, customers, and retail stores. In the long run, Microsoft, since they are happier that things are getting back to normal. No one likes too much change from something they have owned for a long time. The constant ever watching eyes of the Kinect camera doesn’t win the popular vote either, and the $499 price tag on the console compared to Sony’s $399 price tag on the PS4 needs some work.

Yes the $399 doesn’t include the $60 PS4 camera, but it isn’t mandatory, as you can buy it anytime later. In the end it’s all about the games.

Microsoft still has some work to do, especially getting back fans they alienated in the last few weeks. Well, that’s what PR and marketing companies are for. The Xbox One, which I think still needs a better name, has lots and lots of potential in the next generation market. Microsoft just needs to remember that it’s all about the gamers.

Did the Microsoft E3 press conference give you enough information about the new console games over the DRM, always connected and price?

Have you forgiven Microsoft yet, or do you think this will interest you enough to pre-order or buy an Xbox One on release?

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.