Xbox One Rant UPDATE
Massive update: Microsoft has reversed almost all features and policies on the Xbox One. The two big points that I talked about in my previous Xbox One Rant, required internet connect and used games policies, have been done away with.
The following changes have been made (info via Kotaku):
- 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 is of course following over a month of backlash and criticism from gamers and others in the game industry. It’s unclear what will happen to digital sharing and family sharing plan that was originally set up for the Xbox One. What I do know is that these changes make me much more likely to check out this system in the future.
Am I running out to buy one the day of release? No. But I’m not running out to get a PS4 either.
I’d like to see this as a victory for gamers and that the voice of the gamer can matter even to big money hungry companies.
Too early to say what truly influenced Microsoft’s decisions but it’s a step in the right direction. However, now we can’t make internet memes making fun of Xbox One for obvious things anymore.