Kotaku, citing sources from WhatHiFi and Giant Bomb, writes that Microsoft is removing a laundry list of restrictive DRM from its upcoming Xbox One console. The list from Kotaku includes:
- No more always online requirement
- The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
- All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
- Authentication is no longer necessary
- An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
- All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
- No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
- Region locks have been dropped
This, much like the Mass Effect 3 ending scandal and Sony’s choice to skip DRM in the first place, shows that we as consumers still hold power.
If we make our voices heard, we can make a difference in the industry we all take part in and enjoy. An industry that many of us spent a good portion of our lives particpating in.
That’s said, I still plan on getting a PS4.
Sony made the decision to do the right thing to begin with, whereas it seems to me that Microsoft thought it could just slip this restrictive bullshit in and that we would eat it up like the brainless morons we are.
Aside from that, I don’t envision Microsoft dropping the price of the system, nor eliminating the required use of Kinect.
With a child on the way, I must be more conscious of the way my money is being spent. Above that, many people are being more frugal in the tough economic times.
For me, Microsoft has damaged their reputation too much for me to even consider giving them my business. Maybe I’ll pick up an Xbox One 6 months before the next generation like I did with the PS3.
If there is a next generation.
(Archived rant, original post from Tumblr on June 19th, 2013)