Microsoft’s Xbox One is the next-generation console from Microsoft and it will compete with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Wii U in the eight-generation consoles category. Initially, Microsoft announced some strict DRM policies including 24 hours online verification check to play games on the console, no used games and mandatory Kinect. This sparked an internet-wide incident of criticism with many calling such strict policies as unnecessary and that the physical medium of games people own are their property to trade or re-sell. With Sony learning from their previous mistakes and taking all the right steps in the right direction and avoiding strict DRM policies, gamers started hailing PlayStation 4 and Sony an already winner of the console wars before it even began.
After a lot of negative feedback, Microsoft decided to remove such policies. Although the Xbox One will require a Day One patch to be downloaded the first time it goes online to remove the policies. Even then gamers weren’t sure if Microsoft will decide to bring back their “digital future” vision back post launch.
Speaking to an interview with Edge, Phil Harrison, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft said some interesting things regarding the future of their digital vision and what will happen post-launch of Xbox One. Citing that Microsoft just reordered their priorities and that nothing dulls or changes their digital vision, Phil Harrion said that some exciting things are on the way post-launch of Xbox One.
We have incorporated some of the important benefits of disc-based games, mainly sharing and trading games, but that doesn’t dull or change our digital vision. We just reordered our priorities a little bit. We have a very significant engineering team – some of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with – who are very focused on launch right now. But as soon as we get past launch then there are some really exciting things that are on the way.
When asked if the features that were originally announced for the Xbox One will see a comeback, Harrison replied vaguely that it’s all there now. He then continued that all they [Microsoft] have changed is the DRM policy for disc-based games. If Microsoft is really serious about their digital vision, which is confirmed by Phil Harrison’s words, then it is possible that the original polices and features announced by Microsoft will see a comeback later in Xbox One’s lifecycle, which may include 24 hours online verification check.
If anything other than the Family Sharing feature make a comeback like the online verification check, it would indeed be grim day for gamers and it would mean that Microsoft went back on their promise and retained their own opinions higher than that of the community.
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