Well. This is a HUGE surprise. Patrick Klepek at Giant Bomb had the scoop before Microsoft made it official. I would link out to Microsoft’s confirmation post, but their site seems to be down. Here are the details:
- No more always online requirement
- The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
- All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
- An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
- All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
- No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
- Region locks have been dropped
Insane. I am completely shocked. I don’t know what exactly pushed Microsoft in this direction, but it was probably a little bit of everything.
I’ll say it’d be because they didn’t NEED any of those things and many of the agreements they may have made possibly required them. All this bad press probably let them go to other publishers and go “Dudes, do you really wanna develop for a system getting this much hate? We need to mix things up”.
I’ve talked a bunch about how the X-Box One is aiming to be a digital system, but the real thing here is it doesn’t have much more going for it in that regard than the PS4. Both the X-Box One and PS4 will probably, by the end of their lives, resemble steam with only a few of us actually buying discs. The real difference has been that the PS4 is playing nice with the transitional step and the X-Box One wasn’t not.
Microsoft’s big problem is that they’re very… insular as a company. They know that what they want to make is cool, but they don’t relate to the average user. So they do what they want and go “Well we got the X-Box brand so we’ll be GOLDEN!” and that just doesn’t work. Instead, both them and Sony are going to have to prove to consumers the value of digital.
Ironically, Sony is better with that already. Day 1 Digital, PS+, etcetcetc. The only reason we had so many people complaining about the last PSN Firmware update is because so many PS3 users are downloading tons of PSN content. While I’m sure similar plans were in the cards with Microsoft, the option to ‘play it safe’ is now off the table. To get people to go digital, they’ll have to supply the value immediately rather than gradually (which risk them half-assing it).
So these policy changes don’t hurt microsoft — they just lacked the sensitivity to realize what a big deal their original policies would be. To them, people were just going to see how cool the X-Box One was and everything was going to be golden. Publishers were probably telling them the same thing. Now both are shaken up and have gotten a reality check.
Reblogging for Kayin’s input
honestly yeezus is good, but super low-tier album for kanye and some of his laziest lyricism. hes still trying to be this anti consumerist anti corporation when hes obviously not that person, welcome to music tho i guess. i wish hed stop being such a pussy and actually do something like he’s talking about instead of being scared of paparazzi and people wanting his autograph and getting all weepy cause the fashion industry didnt accept him. he built it up as this huge groundbreaking album and it was different yeah, but only groundbreaking to kanye’s main audience.
ill still bump the shit out of it cause i stan him so hard
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Goodbye Horses | Q-Lazzarus
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