XBox One(80).

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Few things in recent memory have united gamers in the way the Xbox One has, in fact after E3 it really seemed as if the only people still willing to back Microsoft’s new machine were the most devoted of fan boys and people on Microsoft’s payroll. Today it would appear that Microsoft have recognised this themselves as they’ve announced a complete U-turn in regards to the XBox One’s most decisive features, so now…
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 the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.
So there you have it, Microsoft have backed down and the consumer has won but is this the end of the story? Well no it isn’t, along with the good news above Microsoft also confirmed that, because they can’t have their 24 hour check-ins buyers can’t have certain, previously promised features like Family Share. How the removal of one effects the other is beyond me but apparently it does. Oh and  because Microsoft are unable to guarantee that all XBox Ones will be online consistently certain Cloud based games could be lost as developers may be unwilling to produce games not available to all users.
Else where a butch of anonymous individuals (apparently) from within the games industry along with the fountain of knowledge that is Cliff Bleszinski (Gears Of War) have come out to claim that now us evil consumers have derailed the Xone’s planned DRM wave after wave of crappy DLC and microtransactions are on the way, leading ultimately to the death of every publisher on the planet bar EA and Activision because you might dare to go out a buy a pre-owned game, how could you. Look, I’m going to do a big write up about how pre–owned game are really affecting the industry soon so I won’t tear apart Mr. Bleszinski’s claims here and now but I will say this, if publishers are having a real problem making money from their games perhaps instead of trying to limit consume chose or including garbage like microtransactions in their produces publishers should take a closer look at their own over heads but I digress.
Today has been without question a great day for gamers, right beat might and all but lets never forget what Microsoft tried to do. This time they failed but they, or someone else will try again.

XBox One(80)

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2 thoughts on “XBox One(80).

  1. As excited as I was for the family share option, I knew that forcing a once-a-day internet check-in was going to draw away a lot of folks who just don’t have stable internet. It was a really cool sounding feature, but I think gamers fear change. While it may seem that we, the consumers, definitely won the battle, don’t for a second think that Microsoft did this for us. They did it for themselves to keep sales up.

  2. I’ve no doubt Microsoft only did this to sell consoles but I do also believe it’s reminded them that, while the consumer has choice they’ll never be able to completely dictate the working of the game’s market.

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