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  1. Charles
    June 19, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    There are still some areas where they will still need to clarify though. All of these changes mentioned were for disc based games. Does this mean that games bought digitally will still be subjected to those restrictive DRMs?

    But all in all, they are making improvements. Too bad this comes after E3..

    • Daniel Flatt
      June 19, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

      I agree that Microsoft is still behind in big ways. My biggest concerns with the system have always been based on Microsoft’s draconian publishing policy and patching/update system for XBLA. Of course there is also the fact that PS4 is a full hundred cheaper and doesn’t require a camera add on.

      However, I think that this is a big stride for Microsoft and honestly I’m impressed. Clearly it was driven by sales, but company or individual it takes a lot more to say “You know what I screwed up. Here’s what I’ll do to fix it.”

      They could have adamantly stuck to their guns and still would have sold consoles, but I’m glad they listened to the consumer.

      As far as digital DRM I’d imagine it would be the same as it is now. If I buy a game digitally on PSN or XBLA I can’t trade that game in or do anything with it now. The internet connection though doesn’t seem it will be required, you can play your games offline just like you can now. Basically, nothing is really changing from this generation of gaming.

  2. Craig Reynolds
    June 20, 2013 @ 12:48 am

    I’m torn as to how I feel about this. Part of me gives Microsoft a big thumbs up, as it would seem they’ve FINALLY realised that what they’re proposing has alienated many of their current consumers. That said, it may be too little too late; it grates me that Spencer, Mattrick and Co. spent weeks insisting on their policies, telling the market that they would not budge, they would not waver, customers will buy their product regardless… only to buckle completely and go back on everything.

    Yes, to a degree it is commendable that Microsoft is trying to make amends (or, more accurately, trying to be more competitive), but given they spent weeks dismissing their consumers and agitating them with their arrogance, how much good this decision will do is hard to gauge. You only have to consult Twitter, Facebook and gaming forums to see how many Xboxers will be PlayStation players next generation…

  3. B bleachorange
    June 20, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    Something tells me it was the pre-orders that did it. I have a gut feeling Microsoft wasn’t getting nearly as many prer-orders as they expected. That, combined with all the negative PR seems to have shifted them from their stance much earlier than I thought (I was thinking mid-July or into August before they changed policy). It’s actually a surprisingly swift decision for a giant corporation.

    • S synopsis
      June 25, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

      I completely agree with this. When i read the title the first thought i had was they were way under their expectations in preorders verses “listening to their consumers”.. etc.. At the end of the day its a plus, but i wouldn’t exactly call it customer service.

      • Robert Strick
        June 25, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

        Glad to see you visiting the site again! Totally agree with your points.

      • Daniel Flatt
        June 26, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

        Welcome back synopsis, that’s exactly what I thought. They heard that piggy bank draining.

  4. Kelsey Miller
    June 20, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Well, Mattrick had me sold when he said the Xbox One would be great because it is a “digital” console. (I’m still looking for an analog one…)

    As an Xbox-er who was considering switching to the PS4, all I can say is I’m still on the fence…

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