Microsoft have officially announced that they've reversed the internet connection requirements and the disc trade-in/sharing policies, meaning that you can play pre-owned games without having to sign in once every 24 hours. So how do you feel about this? I personally think it was the right direction (they couldn't do much worse, in my opinion) and I'm glad the change has been made. I'd like them to remove the "connect to the internet upon buying the new console" policy though. Source: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/06/19/microsoft-reversing-xbox-one-internet-used-game-policies
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The next thing Microsoft could do after removing initial connect is to make a cheaper version without Kinect. It was a bad idea announcing it when there's paranoia all around, and even I'd feel a bit insecure with HAL in my room.
One of my biggest concerns was that the general public may not have known about the DRM and internet restrictions, but when you put it like you did, I have to agree. Good points ^^
If Microsoft are going to put their foot down on the choice of initial connect, good on them - about time a company had balls. But even though I won't get the console upon release, Microsoft still have some of my respect ^^
Very true. I'm a bit miffed that their original intention was to include DRM and offline restrictions, history can't erase that, but as you say, only time will tell how things turn out ^^