Gamers Ask Microsoft to Turn Xbox One Changes Back
Fans of the Xbox One features, promised by Microsoft at E3 2013 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), have put their e-signatures behind a petition that would see Microsoft return the unpopular features to the console. The most notable and controvercial features were: always-on DRM (the console would check in with Microsoft servers every 24 hours or every hour if it’s a secondary or tertiary console), limited used games (one would be able to trade-in the game if the publisher allowed it), advanced game sharing (a new game could be traded once to someone, who has been your friend for at least 30 days) and familly sharing (sharing a game among 10 members of your family). The petition can be found here, thanks to Destructoid for being on the case.
The controversial policies have been defended by people, who have signed the petition, on several points. The first, is the need for game developers and publishers to make money on used game sales and the need to combat piracy. This is a real threat to the long-term survival of developers and publishers, however most people in the industry and those, who cover the industry agree that used games will over time disappear entirely as a result of the proliferation of digital downloads (downloading the video game online as opposed to buying a disc version).
The next point that several of the signators made was that the old Xbox One policies were a new way forward and distinguished the console from the current generation and the PS4, which can be seen as another iteration (albeit a better one) on the standard console model. It is true that the PS4 is a traditional console with a lot of improvements on it’s predecessor, the beligered Playstation 3. However one must note that the Xbox One may have pushed the boundaries too far outside most gamers’ comfort zones.
The final point is that some of the features appeared to be quite innovative and useful. Giving your friend a game without meeting up in real life may have appealed to the more lazy of us (myself included), as did family sharing. Microsoft was unable to properly and clearly articulate the benefits of these and other new features, that resulted in their downfall. The next generation consoles are scheduled to launch later this year.
Sources: Featured Image courtesy of the Change.org petition