GAMES CONSOLE VENDOR Microsoft has heard the howls of protest from its gaming customers and is removing the handcuffs from its upcoming Xbox One.
The Xbox One games console is not in the hands of gamers yet, but it has already insulted and annoyed the gaming community. Microsoft had to either back off or accept losing much of the market.
People have been up in arms about Microsoft's digital restrictions management (DRM) and the prospect of having to connect their Xbox One console to the internet every day, and have been leaning heavily on Microsoft.
It apparently has listened to the approaching villagers carrying torches and pitchforks, and in a blog post Microsoft detailed how it's changing its plans for the Xbox One.
Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft said "Your feedback matters," and explained that the firm was not trying to hurt anyone but trying to do everyone a favour.
"For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future," he said.
"Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One."
Mattrick said that users have complained about losing the flexibility that they associate with gaming, and have fretted over whether or not they will be able to swap titles with their mates.
Well forget that, he said that Microsoft would let users do what they want with their games, and their consoles and internet connections.
"After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360," he said.
"There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360." µ
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