Microsoft Drops Xbox One DRM Restrictions - UPDATED

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Oh damn, does this mean we won't be educated by business people?

I was really looking forward to learning how all these restrictions will benefit me because the future is coming and it is in the clouds. :(

One the one hand this news makes me sad as that might mean that Microsoft has a slightly smaller chance to fall flat on its face when the console is launched, but on the other hand: good competition is healthy for the games industry.

IndomitableSam:
Me? Still not buying it. Who's to say they won't add the requirements back in later, especially if the framework and such is already there? They could sell it to us as 'fixed' in our eyes, then turn around and flip the DRM switch on us whilst cackling madly knowing people will just shrug and keep playing since they already own the system.

That is delightfully cynical, I love it. Again, just like aspects of SimCity. Ha! Was thinking similar things myself.

Don't forget about the Indie games.

just get rid of kinect as well then i may think about getting the system

Awww, poor little Microsoft executives, did you think Sony was going to help you ram DRM down everyone's throats? Were you, EA and Activision planning to starve the Wii U to death so all the console gamers would have to "deal with it"? Did the big, mean Sony executives screw you over and steal all the hype by not pissing on their customers with you? I just feel so, so sorry for you.

Finally. Nuclear submarine dwelling gamers can rejoice!

But you still need that always-online monitoring device.

Too little, too late.

The fact alone that they felt like they had the right to shove these restrictions on the consumer to protect against piracy and other money losing ploys shows how little they care about us.

If you are worried about piracy, sort that out without affecting my enjoyment of your system and alienating me with restrictions on what i can and cannot do with something i payed 450 for.

But!!! Cloud processing....is essential?

LostintheWick:

But I would definitely vote for a company that knows how to "man up" to their mistakes and make things right.
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My thoughts exactly. They probably realize their mistake and their horrid PR and will try their best to stitch back together what relationship they had with the gaming community. It'll be a long hard road ahead but I do know they'll try.

By the way if the source for this article (Giant Bomb) is not loading for anyone else then you can look at a cached version here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:www.giantbomb.com/articles/microsoft-to-pull-complete-reversal-on-xbox-one-dr/1100-4673/

From the original article at Giant Bomb this rumour appears to be totally baseless. I assume this is a case of the gaming media putting additional pressure on Microsoft in an attempt to push them into a corner.

It's certainly getting interesting. :)

martyrdrebel27:
Thank you for at least getting the concept of what a 180 vs a 360 actually is. I remember towards the beginning of this generation, I kept seeing Sony fans saying things like "you know why its called a 360? Cause you see one and do a 360 and walk away." it made me wish I had a Facepunch key on my computer.

I don't see what's so strange about that.

Anyway, this doesn't change the fact that they planned to have always online in the first place and announced these features as if they were doing us a favour. They get no points in my book for rescinding their own daft policies.

Good on you mircosoft im very pleased although i am required to make a sarcastic comment about how this drm stuff was so good for the consumer.

however im still seeing that huge price and its off putting. I mean seriously that Kinect is adding what i guess to be another 100 - 150? most gamers really dont want it, get rid of that and i will likely get one when Halo comes out

Whoa, this is quite the surprise. But I am curious; why now? After the reveal everyone was up in arms, why not change it before E3? Then you add in all the bad press and PR. Surely they could have just clammed up and then released the news. Instead they tried to enforce the idea even further. I would call it an up hill battle, but they've been trying to push it up a sheer cliff.Does it have anything to do with the new anti-spying bill that's just come up? Was that the deciding factor? Not the public outcry and anger? They weren't moved by the unbridled rage that their system generated? Did no one at their office cringe as they dubbed it the Xbone knowing it would be internet meme forever? I would think someone in their company would have been touched as hundreds upon thousands of posts/threads from 360 fans lamenting the new system? Hadn't anyone at MS listened to the rants while surfing the interweb at work? It just doesn't make sense. Their Xbox One united people in mass against them. After all the flak others got on DM what made them think it was a good idea? I just don't understand the delay on the change. They've walked out into the middle of the desert now they're going to walk back?

Whelp, my twitter feed will be interesting to see when I can next check it...

What I'm predicting: they got someone to hurriedly patch the code that does the checking, and then we'll start getting reports of people still having DRM issues because the patch didn't work for everyone...

I don't trust this. So it's basically a PS4, but $100 more?

What about TitanFall? Isn't that an exclusive to that system because of the 'always-online' functionality? What about all that HBO, ESPN, Price is Right TV stuff? Is it like the 360 again? No region lock? Is this still the Day One edition?

If they release a $399 Xbox One with No-DRM or internet requirements outside of the intial setup then I'll think about it. I already put down my $399 for the PS4 and the original plan was to get a Wii U after that for Smash Bros next summer. If this is true then it's all about the exclusives and Microsoft has nothing I'm interested in.

I don't care about Ryse or TitanFall. Witcher 3, Dragon Age 3, MGS V, FFXV, Kingdom Hearts 3, Cyberpunk 2077, and Mirror's Edge are all multi-platform. But the PS4 has Infamous Second Son, Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, Quantic Dream, Sony Santa Monica, Supergiant Games, Level-5, NIS, Ready at Dawn, Namco Bandai, EA, and all those indie studios. Not to mention Atlus JP if those Persona 5 rumors are true. Then again, even if Persona 5 is multi-platform I'd still get it for PS4.

If Star Wars Battlefront 3 and Mirror's Edge 2 was an Xbox-exclusive than I'd probably pre-order the system tomorrow, but I know EA likes money so that's out.

Good for Microsoft! Now just drop the price to $399 and and I might think about it. But, at that point it's just a slightly less-powerful PS4, right? I don't see any Xbox-exclusive games I want and none of my favorite developers are working solely with them. If it stays that way, then I'll get it around 2016-17 for any hidden gems I might've missed.

And out in the cold dark world of gamers, a raucous sound was heard - a sound of jubilee as gamers everywhere celebrated!

I have chosen the PS4 as my console of choice thus far (along with my lovely Wii U!) but, this is good news and I'll put the Xbone on my watch list. Hell, they can even convert me if they try hard enough. I'm up for anything. BUT! I'll still be getting a PS4 :p

PS~ the nickname of Xbone is sticking. I don't care. haha.

I don't believe this at all. What happened to the infinite power of the cloud? They could just turn it off after all? And does this mean that they didn't actually need to educate all of those gamers who are apparently so retarded as to not want shitty DRM shoved down their throats?

And even if it is true then the Xbone is still hundreds of currencies more expensive than the PS4 and WiiU, has a mandatory spycam and is more about TV than gaming. Plus it will make all the bollocks being spouted by their execs even more stupid, but I'm sure they will spin it to make themselves look super cool fantastic guys.

E3 would have been the opportunity to unveil something like this, not in the aftermath with Microsoft's tail between its legs. Honestly, I think this is more in response to Sony that it ever was to the gaming community.

Weird repost of above comment

Terminate421:

LostintheWick:

But I would definitely vote for a company that knows how to "man up" to their mistakes and make things right.
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My thoughts exactly. They probably realize their mistake and their horrid PR and will try their best to stitch back together what relationship they had with the gaming community. It'll be a long hard road ahead but I do know they'll try.

They are not sorry, and don' feel mistaken. Sony was supposed to to a drm thing too, do you think Microsoft would change today if Sony had done the same thing? That is the reason that having multiple companies competing for consumers is good for us.

oops dbl pst

well, this suddenly makes the upcoming fall a lot more interesting. Looks like the playing field is a lot more even than before

Also still has kinect and we don't know what they have done in replacement and they have stilled lied considerably if they can drop this so easily.

Ooh, *grabs popcorn*.

You know, before now, I never really felt the term "console war" was particularly fitting. It was more like a console rivalry or a console feud

This is a freaking console war. Let the games begin.

Too late. Buying a PS4 now. I'm still deliberating whether I'm happy Microsoft is trying to learn from its mistakes, or angry that it took such a backlash to make them realize how stupid they were being.

Unexpected, but good news. Dunno whether I'm even buying a next gen console at all, but this will definitely influence my decision.

Reeve:
By the way if the source for this article (Giant Bomb) is not loading for anyone else then you can look at a cached version here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:www.giantbomb.com/articles/microsoft-to-pull-complete-reversal-on-xbox-one-dr/1100-4673/

From the original article at Giant Bomb this rumour appears to be totally baseless. I assume this is a case of the gaming media putting additional pressure on Microsoft in an attempt to push them into a corner.

It's certainly getting interesting. :)

Just so you know, you were probably writing this comment AS this news was being confirmed. It's on the xbox website. There is a link a couple comments back to the letter MS wrote to the gaming community. Also check Kotaku. They have the letter posted.

First thing I did was mentally check it wasn't April 1'st because that would be too cruel.

Welcome news. Now instead of intense hatred it's only strong dislike and suspicion. Might, MIGHT get an Xbone now but only after I've settled into a PS4. Never forget that Sony took the high road when MS wanted to screw gamers over this gen. Microsoft all but declared war on us all. Remember who your enemies are and shop accordingly.

But what about all the benefits that Microsoft was telling us these restrictions gave us? Why is Microsoft removing those oh-so-important features it bragged about, which required always-online checks?

hentropy:
Hoo boy. Once they do this they'll probably strip away everything else that was crappy with it as well. Damage is already done though it seems.

No, not at all.... You have to remember, people have short memories. Seeing as we are probably looking at a November release date that gives Microsoft about 5 months to erase everyone's memory about having ever mentioned the 24 hour connection thing or the region lock.

And when you factor in that many consumers are going to be parents of kids who honestly have no idea that the console was even announced yet heading off to the electronics department, they will ask the clerk about the systems and if the 24 hour thing is no longer an issue it won't get mentioned and they will probably buy it.

Redingold:

martyrdrebel27:
Thank you for at least getting the concept of what a 180 vs a 360 actually is. I remember towards the beginning of this generation, I kept seeing Sony fans saying things like "you know why its called a 360? Cause you see one and do a 360 and walk away." it made me wish I had a Facepunch key on my computer.

I don't see what's so strange about that.

Anyway, this doesn't change the fact that they planned to have always online in the first place and announced these features as if they were doing us a favour. They get no points in my book for rescinding their own daft policies.

hahaha you win this one. Well played, sir, well played.

I pity anyone who buys a xbone no matter what microsoft does after the 360's RROD, where your console is doomed making all your purchases completely useless. You all simply have faith the xbone will be different? why?

Xbox one eighty for the.... a bit better, i guess?

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