How do you feel about the latest changes with the XBOX One (June 19th Update)?
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.
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I really don't think that Microsoft was left with much choice. The amount of backlash they received from the gaming community was very damaging to their reputation as well as their brand. I feel that if they where to stand a chance in the next console war they had to drop the outlandish requirements they expected of people. I feel it was a smart move but there has already been a lot of damage done to their reputation and I don't know if backpedaling now is going to be enough to save them. Only time will tell I suppose.
To be honest even though I am still slightly surprised they have done this (massive slice of humble pie had to be eaten by many at Microsoft and Sony bullied them a bit) it was the only smart option given the PR disasters, consumer backlash and early pre-order stats in which Sony have been dwarfing Microsoft.
I don't mind the initial connect. Most electronic devices have to connect initially these days (i-phones, i-pods, Nintendo DS, Snmart TV's etc) but at least now there will be some healthy competition which can only be a good thing for whatever console you are looking to adopt as your next gen baby!
As Rabidwombat points out, Microsoft were essentially left with no choice. I'm under no illusion that they did this for the good of consumers, they did it because their wallets were going to take a hit.
Like you say, I think they have some other things that they can do, and I would like to see them drop the price. The only reason it costs so much more than the PS4 is because we're forced to have Big Brother...I mean Kinect 2, bundled in.
Given their previous stance on used games I was going to completely avoid the Xbox this coming console generation. With these changes I'll likely pick one up at some point now.
It is good news certainly. However, they HAD to, they really did. I think Sony would have outsold them by about 4 to 1 because of stupid DRM and online connection rules combined with a cheaper console.
The initial connect is not that big an issue - you could always go round someone else if necessary and it is so much better than the 24 hour thing. Now, if you move you can still play games - revolutionary!
However, the fact that they WANTED these changes is worrying and the negative PR and damage cannot be removed. I admire (and it was only sensible) that they are willing to accept that they were wrong though.
It made business sense though and the initial attempt to implement will be what will concern many.
All in all, a great decision but it does not make everyone love them again!
I think it was a smart move by Microsoft, but it remains to be seen if it will be enough. Gamers will know about the change, but will the general public? I know a handful of people who are operating on information they heard from a friend of a friend months ago. So I think it's still going to impact Microsoft on launch day. Honestly, I think both Microsoft and Sony got it wrong at E3. So much of the debate was focused on used games and internet connectivity that the games were almost entirely overlooked. Meanwhile, Nintendo's philosophy about used games is "just make games that people don't want to give away". Granted, I've been a Nintendo fanboy for some time, but their games piqued my interest far more than anything the competition was offering.
I'm still kinda worried. there's still the kinect always needing to be connected, and there are tons of questions around it. then there's the price tag. I like the exclusives I saw at E3, but not enough to pay that much (I bet they could easily drop $100 usd from the price if they took away the kinect). Then there's still the problem they've been having with Indie Devs. I'm an aspiring Indie dev myself (keyword there being aspiring), Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they did what they did. but they're not quite out of the hole yet. Though, to be honest, I'm considering skipping this gen of consoles (except for my WiiU) and investing in a new gaming PC. this poor old dinosaur of a computer can only handle so much more.
Its good that Microsoft acknowledge that they made a mistake with all that mess (I can't even begin to imagine what they were thinking) and took action to correct it. But honestly, at this point, I think the damage is already done. And its not helped by the fact the they will still be asking $500 and then $60 a year for XBL Gold. Don't even get me started on the controversy surrounding the bloody Kinect. I was unimpressed with the thing when it came out, I sure as heck don't want it spying on me (supposedly) and why it needs to be mandatory for the Xbox One to work is beyond me.
Anyway, I might end up getting it eventually, but not for $500. Sides, I've seen more games I want for the WiiU and the PS4, so *shrugs*.
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