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Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby thepittman on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:28 pm

http://news.xbox.com/2013/05/qa

http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/mi...-dr/1100-4673/

The tug-of-war between Microsoft and Sony just got more interesting. Multiple sources inform me Microsoft will announce what amounts to a complete reversal on its DRM policies for Xbox One today.

What does this mean?

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
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
It is unclear what caused this huge change in policy right after E3, a week where Microsoft executives spent days explaining, justifying, and talking about its policies to the press. I suspect Microsoft’s official announcement will say something to the effect of “we've been closely listening to consumer feedback.”

Based on what I’m being told, that’s definitely true.

I've reached out to Microsoft for comment.


http://ie.ign.com/articles/2013/06/19/m ... e-policies
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby thepittman on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:30 pm

Microsoft responding to customer feedback, awesome. Everybody wins.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby newarenanow on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:33 pm

Wow, that is a huge change if true.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby thepittman on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:40 pm

The xbox news wire site is overwhelmed right now
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby Sarcastic on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:41 pm

hehe
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby canaan on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:43 pm

and who says complaining never got nerds anywhere
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby Sarcastic on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:44 pm

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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:46 pm

Sarcastic wrote:Image


Someone stole this from the comments section of IGN
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby Sarcastic on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:48 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Someone stole this from the comments section of IGN


Yes, sir. Seemed like a very fitting gif for the occasion. :)
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby thepittman on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:51 pm

Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

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.

In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby AlexPKeaton on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:52 pm

Lol the backlash truly was incredible. Microsoft suffers from the westcoaster syndrome of everyone thinking they are Steve Jobs reincarnated and thinking that their stupid idea is awesome and everyone will love it once they see it.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby Rylan on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:54 pm

Smart save by Microsoft. The PR nightmare created would have been truly difficult to overcome, couple that with the higher price and they were in for an interesting launch.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby newarenanow on Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:20 pm

Again, good for them for listening.

I do think eventually gaming will be how they envisioned it originally, where it will be all digital, but I don't think everyone is ready for that yet. And I think most people would like to play and do with their games they purchased, with minimal restrictions.

I think they just went too much all at once and people voiced that they weren't ready yet.

Especially when it's two main competitors are still going the more traditional route.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby skullman80 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:20 pm

Yep good move. I'm still gonna get a PS4, but this at least makes them not look like arrogant ******.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby Rylan on Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:23 pm

skullman80 wrote:Yep good move. I'm still gonna get a PS4, but this at least makes them not look like arrogant ******.


I think they still hurt themselves, but this definitely lessens how hard they will be hit by a large amount. I still think they need to figure out the price as that will be a contributing factor to people switching. I think they will lose launch and the first year or so, but by the end of this products life cycle they will be tied or near tied.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:25 pm

Get rid of the required Kinect BS, and the price is competitive with PS4
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby skullman80 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:28 pm

Microsoft seems intent on having Kinect on every Xbox One, which doesn't make sense to me, but I never was into motion controlled games anyways.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby thepittman on Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:51 pm

skullman80 wrote:Microsoft seems intent on having Kinect on every Xbox One, which doesn't make sense to me, but I never was into motion controlled games anyways.

They want to make a gesture and voice based enviroment for the new system. I would much rather use a controller then do two back flips to push play for a movie.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby Bioshock on Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:34 pm

Still not buying their system.

Don't trust Microsoft after this.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby tifosi77 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:55 pm

Lose the $100 mandatory spy camera and they might have something.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby count2infinity on Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:20 pm

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I'm still not getting one.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby PhantomJB93 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:33 pm

Obviously they needed to, but it's too little too late for me. They overplayed their hand assuming the PS4 would have similar restrictions. They just look like huge ******* now because you know they never would have made these changes if Sony didn't come out at E3 and give the PS4 everything their customers were asking for. Sony forced them to do this to win back the customers they lost but, especially with the extra $100 price tag, they've already lost me, and I can only assume it's too late for several others too.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby AlexPKeaton on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:11 pm

MS needs to push some PR about what their cloud service can do. If it is going to truly offer dedicated servers for multiplayer, they need to push this hard. I would pay an extra $100 for dedicated multiplayer servers and not the crap P2P stuff. Especially if that will mean lag free NHL gaming.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby Spangler on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:29 pm

PhantomJB93 wrote:Obviously they needed to, but it's too little too late for me. They overplayed their hand assuming the PS4 would have similar restrictions. They just look like huge ******* now because you know they never would have made these changes if Sony didn't come out at E3 and give the PS4 everything their customers were asking for. Sony forced them to do this to win back the customers they lost but, especially with the extra $100 price tag, they've already lost me, and I can only assume it's too late for several others too.


I wouldn't be surprised if Sony had some of the limitations that Microsoft was going to implement, but they chose to hide it to see what Microsoft was going to do. Once that disaster exploded in Microsoft's face, Sony knew they needed to scrap it right away.

Remember Sony never really explained a whole lot when they had their original conference.
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Re: Microsoft changes its DRM requirements for the new Xbox

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:41 pm

Spangler wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if Sony had some of the limitations that Microsoft was going to implement, but they chose to hide it to see what Microsoft was going to do. Once that disaster exploded in Microsoft's face, Sony knew they needed to scrap it right away.

Remember Sony never really explained a whole lot when they had their original conference.


this is exactly right. sony said theyd let publishers decide their used game strategy. can you imagine EA, Activision, and Take 2 NOT enforcing the same policies on both systems and giving a bs answer that "it simplifies their consumer strategy across all platforms"
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