Microsoft really messed up here. Surely most of you saw my comments and probably assume I’m some PS fanboy. But let me explain where I stand as well as my opinion on the matter. This whole thing honestly reminds me of Windows 8 and how they force changed upon consumers. I’m starting to think they really don't know what they're doing. Yes they corrected their mistake with Windows 8 with the Windows 8.1 update but with Xbox one they appear a bit desperate because of their policy changes today. I honestly believe they didn’t think things through like they did with Windows 8.1. Instead of finding the middle ground they immediately went with the majority of people who wanted DRM removed and without thinking about the other side.
So what do we have now? A newer gen Xbox 360 with all these cute TV features and no new gaming features. Between the 3 new Gen consoles the Xbox One really stood out to me mainly because all of these features. Xbox one could have simply kept the family plan for digital content and the shared library feature as well as allow used games. Which would require people to not be force to installed games to the hard drive if bought as disc. That way users can see the advantages of using digital content. It makes no sense to remove it completely like some of you might think it being a wise decision. We still have CDs for music and Blu-rays are still around. Perhaps in the next 4 or 6 years, yes I can see this happening. Clearly it is not time to remove disc just yet. Instead of thinking things through Microsoft obviously pulled a desperate maneuver due to the Sony E3 Conference.
In conclusion. Don't blame fans who wanted choice. Blame your precious Microsoft for their arrogance and greed for not allowing choice and middle ground. This pathetic attempt to beat Sony only made things worst IMO. Now we have people who feel screwed over and fans who feel that the new Xbox is nothing special now that its features have been stripped away. We lost features, so do you feel that it’s worth the 500$ anymore? I don’t. I usually don't write things like this but I felt like I had to get this off my chest.
I know a lot of people keep saying arrogance and I know how it must look, but I don't think it's really that. Microsoft has a vision and it's multiple things. I think they knew that gamer's would be upset about it, but they thought once they saw the features they would get over it. The items that publishers would have an option would be not tampered with because if the publishers stop these features below they know that people would stop buying their games, so they wouldn't risk that.
Lets examine what they had with the DRM
- Microsoft would have allowed used games to be sold
- Microsoft would still allowed trading in of used games
- Microsoft would have allowed for the rental of games (they were working with Gamefly to do this)
- Microsoft would have allowed borrowed games using the 10 person library over the Internet with 2 people at one time
- Microsoft would not stop the servers as the servers are for multi-player, cloud storage, and cloud processing
- Microsoft would have allowed you to take all of your games with you anywhere
That is a lot of things you can do and I think people are just not thinking rational about the DRM process.
It did not help that Microsoft couldn't properly tell this story and explain this.
Microsoft should fire their PR people, that was the biggest disgrace to all of this. Peter Moore needs to be at the head, let him run it from San Fran.
I plan on doing a write up now that I have some time this weekend and explain why I don't think all of the features are gone. Sure the DRM related stuff is gone, but the other stuff will be still in play it will just take longer to get them and they won't be at play at launch.