Microsoft Backs Down Over DRM Policy

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 03:13 -- RLWaterman

There were plenty of outcries from the gaming public as details of Microsoft’s Xbox One came to light. Too little focus on gaming. Too much invasion of privacy from the new Kinect. The list went on and on, but perhaps the most talked about issue was related to the inability to play pre-owned titles on this next generation console, instantly preventing gamers from sharing games with friends or selling them on once they were done with them. It was such an unusual move from Microsoft that even Sony picked up on the complaint, stating that the “PS4 will not impose any restrictions on your use of PS4 game discs” at the presentation at E3 2013.

Microsoft representatives could have turned a deaf ear to the flooding of the internet with angry messages, but instead they have chosen to listen to their audience and completely back down on their initial ideas. Microsoft has now stated that there will be absolutely no limitations to using and sharing the games that you purchase, allowing you to trade them in, lend them out, resell them on and just generally do whatever you do with your Xbox 360 games at the moment.

What’s more, you’ll no longer need to connect to the internet once a day in order to allow your Xbox One to function. Just connect once when you first set the console up, and then you’ll be able to play single player games offline, a big relief to those with unstable internet connections.

Microsoft Backs Down Over DRM PolicyThis complete turnaround was unexpected and although on the whole the move has been well received by the gaming public there are certain ramifications. For one, Microsoft had been planning to put into place the option for customers to trade downloaded games online to earn a bit of extra cash to put toward new titles. This won’t be possible anymore with the new move, though it’s something that we could see in the future if Microsoft’s original digital right management (DRM) plan is likely to be more readily accepted in the future. Likewise Microsoft had initiated an idea whereby your game could be played by up to ten members of your family on their own consoles, as long as you weren't playing it at the same time. It seems that this idea has been scrapped as well with the changes to the system, so you'll need to pass around the disc instead.

Is this complete 180 turnaround a good move from Microsoft? Or should the developers of the Xbox One have stuck to their guns and pushed forward with their new idea? What do you think?

Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 06/21/2013

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