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.
Early last week, Microsoft confirmed that they are giving away special edition Xbox 360 consoles to people who’ve used their Xbox Live service the longest. The bundle also included a free year of Xbox Live. The service originally came out in 2002 for the Xbox.
Whenever I hear about some sort of crazy deal going on in the game industry, I tend to question the motives behind such charity. In this case, I think it might be just that. I guess you could say marketing and PR, but who is going to argue with the people mailing out Xbox 360s to people just for brand loyalty?
According to Microsoft, more than 100,000 people watched the second presidential debate through the Xbox Live service for the Xbox 360. The service provided live coverage of the debate, and asked around seventy questions on various topics, such as the winner of the debate and the truthfulness of the candidates.
Xbox Live has a variety of non-gaming features, but this one is very interesting. Services such as Netflix make sense on the Xbox 360, considering its main purpose is entertainment. I am not sure how necessary the live stream was on Xbox Live, but regardless it was a fun little feature.