Friday, June 21, 2013
Your Feedback Forced Us To Change
In an interesting turn of events Microsoft has changed their mind on 2 of the issues that caused an insane amount of uproar.
An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
If you are interested in reading all of the corporate explanation of why they caved you can do so by clicking on Xbox News Update
Now I am not an Xbox fan. I have no interest in any of their exclusives and have always found it caters to a teenage audience or to preteens who think they are just awesome because they have microphones. With that in mind I think this is actually pretty hilarious that so soon after E3 this has happened. Did they think people would react differently to the fact that they were basically requiring blood samples from people to use their system? Using the argument that this is the way gaming is going was a stupid one. It is telling the customer the way things are going to be. You cannot expect people to switch over instantly or tell them if they don't want to be online all the time then sorry sucks to be you. You do things in steps to lead to the same goal therefore making the change less of a forced one and that of a transition. To me that is smart business, and you would have thought Microsoft would know something about that.
Now I still have no plans to ever buy an Xbox One but I thought it is worth mention for the very fact that being that "Special Kind of Stupid" applies to the makers of the games and systems as well. Enjoy your weekend. Hope its a good one.