In response to criticism of the Xbox One’s DRM and used game policy, Microsoft has removed the system’s daily online connection requirement and restrictions on game trading. The Xbox One can now play games from the disc, and owners will not have to download the game.
I was thinking of writing a longer article on the entire Xbox One vs. PS4 debate, but Microsoft’s decision to completely reverse their policies has changed the argument. I never expected Microsoft to completely change their stance. The fact that they did suggests that the negative reaction they received coupled with Sony’s popularity at E3 really scared them. This is huge step for gamers and consumers, and shows that your opinion does matter. If Microsoft can be frightened to the point doing a complete 180°, the same can be done for Sony, Nintendo, and all the various publishers and developers out there. You can’t just put out any product you want while ignoring feedback, and if you want to sell a console or a game, you need to have the fans on your side. The Xbox One is officially back in the running. Now let’s see if they can justify the higher price.