The outcry when the Xbox One was first announced by Microsoft and further details provided at E3 2013 was incredible. The internet exploded with complaints about the always online nature of the console, the ‘spying’ functionality of the Kinect and of course the DRM policy that would prevent gamers from buying and selling used games. Microsoft listened to the voice of Twitter and the internet blogosphere and within weeks had adapted their strategy to remove some of the more controversial elements, so why, a month later, are gamers busy signing a petition to bring back the console that was promised at E3?
With 25,000 votes and counting, the petition to bring back the Xbox One that was promised is gaining speed. The organizers of the petition had this to say:
“This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers’ uncertainty.”
This description does seem to hit the nail on the head, as many of the features that the Xbox One promised in exchange for its DRM policy could have revolutionized gaming as we know it. From family sharing that would allow a person to share a game with up to 10 friends or family members, to the ability to trade in games for virtual currency to purchase the latest titles; all of these quality initiatives were scrapped as Microsoft hurried to change the Xbox to appease the complaining public.
This week Microsoft has announced that the Family Sharing feature could still come into play later in the life of the Xbox One so there’s still hope that some of the initial intuitive features announced at E3 will come to light. Pre-orders of the Xbox One are through the roof with many retailers already selling out of their pre-order stock so the changes away from the original plan obviously aren’t putting off too many customers. In fact, the current pre-order totals for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are almost double that of the orders placed before the debut of the Xbox 360 and the PS3.
What do you think about Microsoft’s ever changing policies? Should they have stuck to their initial idea with a better explanation as to what they were really offering? Or have they made the right decision capitulating to the demands of the masses?
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 07/18/2013
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