Dear Microsoft: VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
Ahh. The day is nigh. Microsoft, particularly the formerly ass-headed Don Mattrick, has decided to eat their collective words, and FIX THE DAMNED XBOX ONE. Here’s what we know so far:
There will be a ONE-TIME required internet connection to set the system up. After that, you’ll never have to connect again if you don’t want to. Official wordiness: “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.”
Microsoft has also flipped their script on used games, stating that NOW there will be ZERO RESTRICTIONS on used titles. They’ll work just like Xbox 360 titles do- discs can be swapped, but downloaded titles are yours alone. Flip ’em, trip ’em, trick ’em, swap ’em…. just don’t touch them in bad places, and you can do whatever!
The Xbox ONE is also no longer region locked. Game titles, both downloadable and disc, will be available day one of launch.
“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,” Don Mattrick says. “I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One. You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.
“These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One,” Mattrick is careful to point out. “The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold.”
“We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.”
Well, this just changes ALL the buttons on your fight stick. It’s not quite Everything is Peachy Land, but it’s one hell of a start. What do you think? Does this change your perspective on their system, or are you Sony-core 4EVZ?!