Wow. Ok this was unexpected. Let’s just recap over what happened over the last few months.
At the dawn of the next generation consoles rumors were all over the internet that the consoles would restrict used games and also need to be connected to the internet all the time (always on). Flash forward to the Xbox One reveal and both of these traits were confirmed. Microsoft took the DRM one step ahead and thus restricted the selling/trading of used Xbox One games by attaching the games to the one Xbox Live account. And although not needing to be connected to the internet always, it was revealed that Xbox One would need to be connected at least once every 24 hours in order to even play games offline! The gamers were not happy, big surprise right?
Flash forward a few more weeks to E3 2013, and Sony completely owns Microsoft by revealing that Playstation 4 will be exactly like the PS3 and thus will not place restrictions on used games and will not need to be connected to internet to play games offline. At E3 Sony revealed these directly aiming at Microsoft and won over the crowd. As an effect coming out of E3 2013, PS4 was named the winner and the pre-order of PS4 surpassed that of Xbox One according to Amazon.com.
So finally we get to this, Microsoft reveals that they have decided to withdraw all of their above said policies. The Xbox One will no longer require to be connected online neither would they limit used Xbox One games. So basically, the policies surrounding Xbox One games have been set back to that of Xbox 360 games. There has been a mixed response from the community regarding Microsoft’s new change of heart.
I guess Xbox fans will be glad to be able to continue sticking to their favored console and carry on their Xbox Live accounts to the newest generation. Others are not so happy, feeling Microsoft should not have backed down. Mainly because they took everything back, even the poorly explained “Family Sharing” plan that basically gives the ability to share the digital copy of every game bought with up to 10 “family members”. So with enough “family members” the cost of games could be cut down by 10 times!
I for one welcome the change but would have liked Microsoft to actually explain why they insisted on DRM and the other benefits like Family Sharing that they planned to implement. Even still, I wish they did not take these added bonuses away as if they were mad to remove the DRM restrictions. But at least now PS4 and Xbox One are equal in pretty much every way except for that the PS4 comes at a retail price of $399 while the Xbox One is priced at $499.