Mass Effect: Why Microsoft's U-Turn Is Not Good For The Industry

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Posted 2:53pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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Mass Effect: Why Microsoft's U-Turn Is Not Good For The Industry
As gamers everywhere celebrate, and complain, about Microsoft's Xbox One policies, the complete switch may not be as good as it seems...

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Posted 2:53pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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As gamers everywhere celebrate, and complain, about Microsoft's Xbox One policies, the complete switch may not be as good as it seems...

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Jason Chen suggested that instead of backtracking Microsoft should've offered an opt-in instead; opt-in to the daily authentication and get all these cool sharing discless play features, opt out and stay in the dark ages with your dial up connection.

Completely independently I suggested that too this morning.

Maybe Microsoft will about turn again and offer this.

But I have to be completely honest too. I've no room for a Kinect in my gaming setup, nor the will to create that room, nor the wish for what should just be a relatively cheap games console to become a rather more expensive home media hub.

Sony tried it with the PlayStation X, it nearly killed them.
Posted 3:14pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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As gamers everywhere celebrate, and complain, about Microsoft's Xbox One policies, the complete switch may not be as good as it seems...

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I wholeheartedly agree with this article and I think that Microsoft simply pushed the wrong features to the fore. If they had made more resemblance to what is basically a Steam box, and pushed the digital features in a positive light, they would have never had to backtrack.

The XB1 may simply be slightly ahead of its time.
Posted 3:39pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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All these news articles about Xbox, I feel sorry for VGStaff trying to find slightly different pictures to represent them Smile Zoom in a bit, jaunty angle - nice Smile
Posted 3:50pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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Everybody knows digital only is the future for video games as it needs to happen to cut out the stores taking away the money that would otherwise go to devs but this is just a case of Microsoft being a little to overconfident and greedy and forcing it, this will take time to happen as the infrastructure isn't ready yet, in 10 years time it will probably become viable but not currently.

Still not going to get an xbox though due to the kinnect ( and the price )
Posted 4:08pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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Look, everybody was crying out loud about the DRM... and now that it's gone, every author miss it here at Videogamer.com! Come on guys!

This "phone home" every 24hrs was REALLY bad, imagine if their servers would go off (now or after a few years), or we would lose the internet for many reasons (broken wires, natural disasters and etc)... we would end up with 500 bucks brick at home.

Microsoft should have implemented their digital copies future without this specific requirement... like iTunes does it!

PS: I have at home two iPad and two iPhones between me and my wife, so the iTunes method works, we buy everything using one account but each of us use a separate iCloud account... now imagine if our apps/games would phone Apple every 24hrs and shut down if they don't get a "Yeah" from Apple... When I pay for something I won't accept such treatment.
Posted 4:09pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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I've been skeptical of the Xbox One since its reveal, but I agree with this article. I can see what kind of benefits the console could've brought in the long run. The problem, like many have said, is the way Microsoft presented it to us. It should have said it on our faces, not as an after-thought after the reveal. It should have immediatelyexplained all the little details surrounding its restrictions. It should have treated us like customer instead of numbers. It should've been optional (at least at first) to ease us into these things.

It had potential, but Microsoft blew it in every way imagineable. Still is. At least the 180 jokes are funny (for now).

**Also, Don Mattrick shouldn't have said that thing about "If you want to play offline, buy an Xbox 360", that was just stupid.
Posted 4:13pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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FM: "Jason Chen suggested that instead of backtracking Microsoft should've offered an opt-in instead; opt-in to the daily authentication and get all these cool sharing discless play features, opt out and stay in the dark ages with your dial up connection."

Absolutely spot-on. Offer both, let the digital stuff become familiar and estrablish itself before going over wholesale - people are terrified of change in any routine, as we have witnessed these past few weeks.
Posted 4:21pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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Disc - same as 360
Digital - new MS approach with sharing, family, reselling and unlimited rice pudding etc etc.

Then, everybody wins. Simples.
Posted 4:34pm on Thu 20 June 2013
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I wholeheartedly agree with this article and I think that Microsoft simply pushed the wrong features to the fore. If they had made more resemblance to what is basically a Steam box, and pushed the digital features in a positive light, they would have never had to backtrack.

The XB1 may simply be slightly ahead of its time.

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Absolute spot on. Agree 100%. +1
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