Microsoft Back-Pedals on Xbox One Online Requirements and Used Games Policy

According to official reports from Microsoft, it seems that the company is back-pedalling on their initial used games policy and online requirements.

President Don Mattrick wrote in an update today, “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.”

He added, “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.”

In response to such feedback, Microsoft will be making the following changes to the Xbox One console:

  • An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games– 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.
  • Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

In addition, gamers will also be allowed play downloaded titles offline and Xbox One games will be playable with no regional restrictions. Games can also be shared as they are today, just as downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold.

Lastly, disc-based games will require that the disc be in the actual tray, as is the case with the current Xbox 360.

Well, who saw that one coming? Tell us what you think in the comments below. Was is a smart move to back-pedal in such a manner, or should Microsoft have stuck to their guns?

  • SubXero

    I posted this in the other article and I know you guys frown upon copy and pasting comments but it fits better in this new article.

    Honestly, this change does nothing to make me respect MS any more. In fact, this is almost pathetic. They kept trying to shove their crap down our throats saying things like “deal with it”, “Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity, It’s called Xbox 360.” and all their other staunch defenses towards their system and their direction. Now they’re going to back down? Pussies.

    I should add that I already had both consoles on pre-order so this doesn’t sway me one way or the other… Well, aside from losing even more respect for MS lol.

    • Jason

      What? they tried being innovative (like they always do) and crushed their whole policy layout because of what the fans wanted instead, I GIVE THEM MAD RESPECT, stop being closed minded!

      • SubXero

        Yeah… They totally care what their “fans” want.

        The ONLY reason this changed is because they’re getting demolished by the PS4 in pre-orders. “Fans” had been against all the, at the time, rumored upcoming policies for months and MS didn’t change it beforehand when they EASILY could have.

        • Alex Melendez

          Check your self faggot. If pre orders would of been up, that means that the fans would of liked it but it wasn’t and the fans didn’t like it so they changed their policies.

      • PuddingAuxRais1ns

        But this sudden 180 from Microsoft suggests that they lack integrity. This article explains this perfectly: http://www.ign.com/blogs/falcon-x32/2013/06/19/microsft-and-their-lack-of-integrity/

  • NARDDAWG TGMTEL

    finally MS fighting back

    • WarBroh

      More like embarrassed into relenting.

      • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

        Should the consumer care? Restrictions are gone, its region free the consoles are near idenitcal in almost every way now…the pre generation is getting very interesting

        • Cillian Greene

          near identical?

          The PS4 is 100$ cheaper

          It does not require a camera

          It is more powerful
          It has better exclusives

          Sony stil won by a mile

          • TriguyRN

            “Better exclusives” is debatable. And I don’t think the ps4 being more powerful will show. The xbox and ps3 preformed almost exactly the same.

          • paulinacio

            Agree with you except for the Exclusives because that is a matter of opinion rather then fact even tho I do much prefer PlayStation Exclusives

        • paulinacio

          Just remember that Microsoft didn’t change there policies for gamers but because Sony forced there hand

  • SchwartzJesuz

    Awesome! Glad Microsoft is finally back in the race!
    Now they just need to sell the Kinect seperatly and drop the price to $399

    • DanO

      I wish, but I don’t think they can. They have already integrated it into the Xbox one, they’ll have to make major design changes to remove it.

      • Cillian Greene

        They also said that it was near “impossible” to remove the 24 hour connection thing.

  • Kieran Bowley

    This doesn’t change my mind one bit, and it shouldn’t anyone else. They are still the guys that thought DRM and always online would be a good idea in the first place. They are still the guys that gave anyone without internet the finger. And mandatory Kinect, which whatever they say you can do to it, is still mandatory and still an invasion of privacy. Xbox fans really are dumb.

    • NARDDAWG TGMTEL

      who cares, don’t get it then

      • Alex Melendez

        Yeah, we don’t need raters or hears on the new Xbox system :D

        • Raymond Featherston

          We don’t need “raters or hears” on the PS4 either and yet it still happens.

      • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

        Exactly

      • paulinacio

        Is the comment section meant to give your opinion?? If he wants the PS4 or X1 let it be! It is his choice just like you have yours

    • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

      Kinect can be disabled. It just has to be connected. GG bro.

      • Hello

        GG indeed.

      • HammadTheOne

        Actually it’s always “on” listening for the On command. And how does it know the difference between other words and this one hmmm?

        • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

          If your Xbox is not on. You don’t need the kinect connected. Let’s think logically here. Unplug it when you are not using your system.

          • DanO

            Can you unplug connect? Or would you have to unplug the entire Xbox?

            • Thomas

              I’m assuming the Kinect is still a peripheral and plugged via USB.

            • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

              I mean I would imagine you could just unplug the kinect. I wouldn’t think they would be permanently connected. Kind of like how the Wii is with the sensor bar..

            • DanO

              Mmmky well I hope so, but anyway it’s still great news for Xbox one.

            • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

              It has to be “Kinected”

            • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

              It’s so confusing to say both when using them in the same sentence haha

      • Kieran Bowley

        Kinect can’t be disabled, it can be paused yes, but not disabled. It is a mandatory piece of equipment which must be in use at all times and is always listenting. And before you try to spew “Ooo, but your just a fanboy!” NO. Everytime a new console drops I go into it with open arms. I was willing to accept what Microsoft had to offer, but just like they did with Windows 8, they thought only about the money and not about the consumer. So what, they did a 180? The principles are the fact that they shouldn’t have had to in the first place. Anyone that has so easily forgiven them already is the true fanboy. GGnoRE. PC Master Race. GFY.

        • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

          Used at all times you are using the system yes. You can easily unplug it while the console is off if you are that concerned about it.

          • jameslara

            eh I don’t think it can be Unplugged, it’s actually attached ot the console I think. MS never said anything about “Unplugging it” they only said “it can be disabled”

    • Alex

      Wow you’re seriously ignorant for the last comment I’m an xbox fan and by the sheer stupidity of your comment I can tell I’m smarter than you. Go buy your ps4 and stop calling people dumb just cause they dont want your console.

    • Donut212

      You truly make it sound like you just can’t turn off the kinect or disable it in some way. Microsoft did say that you can turn off/disable the Kinect.
      Now to respond to your statement that “Xbox fans really are dumb” you should get your facts straight before stating anything else. Now sit down and please shut the fuck up. Grown men are talking.

  • Alex Melendez

    Pre ordering….

    • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

      I cancelled my PS4 pre order.. I am now going from most definitely PS4 to on the fence.

  • Red

    Should have at least stuck to their guns. Now we know that they don’t care about their customers and they can’t be trusted to do what they say they will do. I won’t be upgrading my 360, PS4 is in my future.

  • BHill4three5891

    Good for Microsoft, but now they are looking like followers, not leaders.

    • Jason

      Idiot

      • BHill4three5891

        because….

        • Jason

          Because you put 4 periods instead of 3, I need say no more…

          • BHill4three5891

            lol sorry didn’t realize that was a rule

            • Jason

              lol, not the reason, just when microsoft listen to fans and backs down from their policies, you all still complain and say stupid shit like “Their Followers now”, WTF, how, they follow what the fans want and thats bad? Don’t say they are following Sony since Xbox and Xbox 360 both have not restrictions either.

            • BHill4three5891

              I said great for microsoft didn’t I? The followers comment comes from now after a lot of stuff is revealed about the PS4, now they decide to change everything. Obviously, it’s not for that reason. They had sooooo many chances to nip this whole DRM thing in the butt before PS4 took some shots at them. That’s what I meant. Again, awesome for them though to finally listen to all the backlash they got

            • HammadTheOne

              They didn’t listen to you “fans” moron. They had this in the plan when the “fans” complained about the #dealwithit shit.

              The only “fans” they listened to were plummeting pre-orders.

          • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

            4-1=3

            Half Life 3 confirmed

            Did I do that right?

    • Zameer Fonzie Ingram

      Followers? Shut the fuck up. These guys were just trying to innovate and create change. The Disc sharing thing and the DRM was a measure to end piracy and stop the selling games to gamestop and getting like $3 back. Game prices would drop faster for the XB1, now I’m not so sure.

      If they didn’t “Follow” all of the back lash from people would cause the console to fail just because people don’t like a bit of change.

  • Alex Melendez

    So Microsoft does something right and the ps fanboys are still hating lol

    • Spoiler

      you sound like a xbox fanboy…

      • Jason

        it’s the truth…

        • PuddingAuxRais1ns

          I’m not hating. But this sudden 180 from Microsoft proves that true game ownership really matters to gamers and that the world is simply not ready for a console with a internet requirement. I was already getting both consoles anyway but this good news makes the Xbox One look like a great console alongside my PS4. Still pissed off about privacy concerns but i can always throw a towel over the kinect.

      • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

        Because he has a point? I’ve read this same news on so many other sites and everywhere the “PS fanboys” are still hating, especially on IGN.

    • William Dugas

      we aren’t hating dude. its the fact it took ms this long to do this and even then i don’t trust this. microsoft has shown they are all about the cash. so xbox fans need to be weary is all. i’m happy for xbox fans if this is indeed true but i also seen an article that said xbox online would only function in 21 states upon launch of xbox one so its hard to believe anything these days

      • Alex Melendez

        better late than never, I always say :D

    • Cillian Greene

      If you are an xbox fanboy, you obviously do enjoy games.

  • Spoiler

    good business move i guess, it had to be done, so much negative feedback + sony rubbing it in.

    but for the fact alone they wanted to introduce this stupid idea, i will be sticking with the PS4.

  • Clinton Bailey

    cmon Don,

  • pot51e

    I don’t know whats worse- the stupid decisions in the first place or the spin on their u turn. However, I care not – even with all the monkey tricks removed, its still more expensive and less game focussed.

    • William Dugas

      don’t think their tricks are gone yet. just wait.

  • Spoiler

    lets not forgot the xbox one is also losing some key positive features from removing DRM

    - family sharing is gone
    - game library anywhere is gone

    • Jason

      How? If you have live then you have internet, if you have internet then you have sharing and you library.

    • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

      If you read the actual update link that is in the article it says downloaded games cannot be shared which means family sharing is gone. It Kind of sucks but now I have went from buying a PS4 most definitely to being on the fence once again.

      Edit Sorry, that was for Jason

      • Derek Haneman

        Which from a technically standpoint doesn’t make a bit of sense. You buy online/download….your console should be susceptible to the original DRM schemes which at least in my eyes is fine…just like Steam. But with the cool family feature. You buy a physical disc and you can play online…Am I crazy I don’t see the complications here…Why does MS not see this.It’s so simple I really expect im retarded and someones going to point out my error.

        • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

          I don’t understand it either, this was a good feature to have implemented, my friends and I do license transfers to give games to each other anyway and with the Family share plan that pretty much would have eliminated the hassle of waiting one whole season to trade digital games

          • Derek Haneman

            MS really comes off as that kid when you were little that takes his ball and runs home lol. You don’t wanna play by my rules….well screw you i’m going home! ;)

            • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

              Lol I used to do that all the time! Oh childhood I miss you so

      • B_Boss

        You’ve been on the fence for weeks lol. Just get one for crying out loud lol. Why are you afraid (or concerned) to step in either yard?

    • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

      Exactly what I was just thinking about :/ None of the restrictions affected me. So now I am just left without these features that would have been cool to have. I understand they couldn’t make everything work at the same time though.

    • PuddingAuxRais1ns

      Family sharing is technically not gone. I can always give my game disk to my family and friends and i can always bring all of my games with me when traveling. :)

      • B_Boss

        Hell yes lol. “Family sharing” has been around since the first home console ;).

    • Hello

      I, personally, would rather have these new features rather than the 2 you mentioned. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

  • PuddingAuxRais1ns

    Finally some good news about the Xbox One. Still leaning towards PS4 but this makes the Xbox One a more desirable pickup along with my PS4.

    • paulinacio

      Agreed, I wasn’t ever planing on getting a X1 due to the restriction but now that there gone I might get one down the road if the exclusives prove worthy

  • NARDDAWG TGMTEL

    Preordering it ……NOW! #Xbox180

  • TI_21

    MS fighting back hard, though they still have to prove that their system is the better one to play games. + Price tag dose matter.

    • Guest

      Lol price tag doesn’t matter? If the X1 was $100-150 cheaper then da PS4 I’ll be getting that instead.

      • TI_21

        Price tag >does< matter.

  • BOSS jediZOHAN

    To everyone saying, don’t like it, STFU and don’t buy it, you can thank us when you your internet goes out and you can still play SP games.

    • PuddingAuxRais1ns

      Thanks :) Because of y’all, the Xbox One made an like the Xbox One-eighty and is now back in this Next-gen console war. The PS4 is still $100 less but fuck it i’m still getting both. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!

      • Alex Melendez

        No no no you silly pony its, POWER TO THE PLAYERS

    • Thomas

      Is the auto-update feature being scrapped along with other features?

  • Jacob

    This is great! Still getting the PS4, but happy Microsoft is making changes for the better.

  • Hello

    Major blow to Playstation fanboys. No they have almost nothing to complain about. I am happy Microsoft is listening to it’s consumers and making a turn for the better. Nice job Microsoft!

    • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

      This is the gaming industry, and this is MP1st. Made for fanboys, by fanboys. They will think of something don’t worry.

      • Hello

        Yes, they will, but honestly, Microsoft now has the superior console. They have far better contracts (Twitch for example), and better exclusive (IMO), and a better online system. Microsoft has now won this console war this generation.

        • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

          I agree with every word you put in that comment.

          • Hello

            Thanks!

        • PuddingAuxRais1ns

          Sony didn’t win the console war when they announced that the PS4 won’t have any of the restrictions that the Xbox One had and neither did Microsoft for reversing on their broken and anti-consumerist policies. The winner will only be determined when both consoles hit store shelves. Microsoft still has privacy concerns about kinect to address but in the end, it’s no longer a matter of principle between consoles anymore. Now almost back to a matter of preference. Personally, the PS4 is still the slightly superior option due to better exclusives (IMO), more exclusives, no privacy concerns, and the fact that the PS4 is more powerful than the Xbox One, therefore, better multiplatform games, but i’m still getting both.

          • Hello

            Microsoft showed off 8 Xbox One exclusives at E3, Sony showed 5 PS4 exclusives at E3. They are very similar on specs. The only difference is the GPU and type of RAM used. You really won’t be able to notice the different unless you have an EXETREME eye for detail. You can also turn the Kinect off. I agree with you, though, I’m going to eventually be getting both consoles. I’ll be getting the Xbox One at launch, and then I’ll probably get the PS4 sometime early 2014.

          • B_Boss

            Indeed. which is why personally speaking, i don’t call E3 a ‘war’ That could be considered a battle or skirmish.

        • William Dugas

          you are obviously what we smart gamers call a sheep. the fact that microsoft pushed entertainment over gaming is a total laugh. ps4 will be taking the console war this generation. oh and since you think it has better exclusives may i remind you that only 11-15 are being released the first year while sony has 100 titles being released the first year alone and 40 of those are exclusives. Your just some idiot fanboy who doesn’t know shit. ms still gonna make you pay for everything. you think this shit gonna change anything. you folks will end up getting dinged some other way.

          MS is all about the money unlike sony that actually gives a damn what their users think.It was best said at the ps4 unveiling after their little talk about entertainment. This is a direct quote from said unveiling.

          “Of course, at its core, the PS4 is about delivering breakthrough gaming experience,”

          all ms talked about was tv, sports and cod. honestly some games look good but in the long run sony went right to the gamer. I don’t need my damn system to change my channel. i have a remote for that. all in all xbox one is just some overrated tv box with gaming capabilities and its a shame you folks can’t see it. oh and i may be a sony fanboy but even i know the most powerful platform out there today IS PC.

          • Hello

            I’m actually not a sheep. I owned both Xbox 360 and PS3 this generation, and I plan on eventually owning both this generation, too. Nice try, but I am just stating the facts. The games will look the same on both consoles, and Xbox has a way better entertainment factor. In my eyes, it wins just like that.

        • http://www.mp1st.com/ Michael Altwine

          Guest, please create an account.

      • Niosus

        By fanboys? Hardly. We cover all sides on all platforms and when reporting news we are always objective. Just look at the home page at the current top 2 articles. One is not so good news about the Xbox, this one is great news.

        We do the same with games. When there is CoD news we get excited about that, when there is BF news as well.

        We try to cover as many games as we can, as objectively as we can. Opinion pieces reflect the opinions of the writer of that piece, but MP1st is and will always approach news objectively. I challenge you to find a “fanboy” news post on this site ;)

        What we can’t control is the massive crowd playing the games we cover. As with all big groups of people, there will be bad apples. The problem is that we are getting multiple comments every single minute across the site and we can’t keep track of those 24/7. So yes, we know there is trash in the comments… I delete dozens of comments every day and I’m banning frequent offenders on every side of the discussion. But we have limited manpower and time.

        There are a few options:
        a) we disable comments altogether.
        b) comments need to be approved before being posted (intensive and will only happen in waves… not optimal)
        c) we put a lot of time in cleaning up the comments every day, at the expense of less content being posted
        or d) how it is now: full focus on content, some trash in the comments before we can get to it but at least you can comment at will without waiting for it to get approved

        We pick option D.

        • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

          The by fanboys part was not towards you guys. I meant more comments made by fanboys. You guys do a great job reporting all news. Sorry if it was taken the wrong way. That wasn’t my intention. My wording could have been better.

        • Dirtknap

          Good sir, I do appreciate the way you write. Still patiently awaiting another piece form you :)

          • Niosus

            My finals end next week, so after that you can expect some more posts :)

            I hope to do write a piece every week or every 2 weeks if people like it and if nothing gets in the way. I’m going to try!

            • Dirtknap

              Excellent, good luck at finals too!

        • B_Boss

          ….and I pick MP1sT. thanks for being one if the best ;).

      • Dirtknap

        The rise of fanboy-ism on MP1st has really only just reached critical mass. It wasn’t so long ago that the community largely consisted of quality conversation, a few laughs and the occasional troll/fanboy for entertainment value. Sure, you can’t go anywhere within the internet without a certain content of ridiculousness filtering in, but it sure would be nice to get some of the quality back in the equation. We all obviously have our preferred leanings, however some of us that possess an objective viewpoint are still present.

        • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

          I got into this website just as the fanboys started to come out. I could actually go to the COD articles to talk about COD, and go to the Battlefield articles to talk about Battlefield. Now they might as well not even have their own sections.

          • Dirtknap

            It’s a sad state of affairs for sure, at least we can dictate our personal conduct and hopefully the MP1st boys might be able to get some more mods on the case?

            • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

              Thats what I’ve been hoping for. Just have one person check all articles as they are released and make sure everyone stays in line and on topic. Would be a tough job though.

    • NARDDAWG TGMTEL

      they can complain about PS3′s update bricking

      • Hello

        Yeah, but I am referring to them fighting Xbox One. Microsoft just destroyed Playstation.

        • James Mulhall

          How did they destroy Playstation? They fucked up and the Playstation didn’t, now their changing that.

  • Alex | FamousIsLIVE

    Now the new argument is that the Xbox One is not different enough from the 360. So how exactly can they make progress in you PS4 fans eyes?

  • titanfall 4L

    i still think ms will try to pull shit down the road once they get a hefty install base. but to me, its all about the GAMES.

  • Hello

    Can we now officially change the hashtags referring to Xbox One being DOA to #XboxWon?

    • dumyspeed

      how they won? still cost 100 more and less gpu power

      • Hello

        The consoles are virtually similar in specs. You will literally not be able to notice any differences between games. It costs $100 dollars more because of the Kinect, and if people keep complaining about mandatory Kinect, Microsoft will probably remove that, too. GG.

        • dumyspeed

          the damage are done already, now they seems just like a bad company triyng to repair mistakes..

          • Hello

            Actually, the damage isn’t done. If you read the comments on this article, people are saying they are changing their preorders. Nice try, PS fanboy, but you have to admit that Microsoft really just probably won the console war.

            • dumyspeed

              me fanboy? had only a gamecube console and only pc gamer. X1 maybe and i say MAYBE will win in usa , only there they can integrate the TV so good and other stuff, ps4 is just a CONSOLE , no tv or other shit and sincerely i hope ps4 to win this gen , otherwise will be just a monopoly and thats no good 4 consumer

            • Dirtknap

              It’s a marathon, not a sprint. The “winner” of each console war is determined at the end of the respective generation, and the only real winner needs to be the gaming community as a whole.

              If the current trend of 80/20 prospective market share was to continue it would make for a very anti competitive generation of consoles. Competition is good for everyone, regardless of a gamers platform of choice this news should be welcomed by all.

            • B_Boss

              Clenched is that you?……

  • Masada157

    If it’s that easy to remove all those things, who’s to say Microsoft just won’t tack them back on after they’ve sold the consoles?

    Still 0/10 would not buy.

  • Hello

    After all of this shoddy Xbox One news, I was about to change the Xbox One Day One preorder to a PS4 this week, but Microsoft just won back an Xbox fan. This was a bad day for Sony, and a great day for Microsoft.

    • dumyspeed

      y’r a usa guy right?

      • Jonah Thrillz

        Nah the guy is a troll.

  • BHill4three5891

    Cheers mirosoft! Now about that extra $100 for the kinect…

    • Hello

      If people keep complaining about it, they will probably end up removing it. Today was a very good day for Microsoft.

      • BHill4three5891

        definitely a great day. I understand a huge part of the xbox is their voice activation/recognition software, but for me, just don’t care about that. If they were to ditch or just offer the system w/out the kinect for $50-$100 cheaper, it’s xbox one for me.

        • Hello

          Hey, there is still hope. They made these changes already, and they still have months to go. If they removed Kinect, it would most likely drop the price $100. The Xbox One and PS4 are virtually the same in specs, so an Xbox One without Kinect would probably be the same price as PS4.

        • Guest

          call me cheap, but the price tag is a huge factor for me. Plus, I’m not a huge exclusives kind of gamer because most of the games I play are offered for both systems so that doesn’t really effect me.

          • BHill4three5891

            weird, why did it post me as guest? lol

            • Hello

              It didn’t post you as guest for me.

          • Hello

            No, I don’t think that’s being cheap. It’s being smart with your money. You don’t feel you need to pay $100 extra for a feature you won’t use. I agree with your argument on exclusives. I mostly play cross-platform games, and the specs are similar, you won’t be able to notice any differences in terms of gameplay on both consoles.

            • BHill4three5891

              Exactly, I just want to game. Don’t really need all the extra bells and whistles.

            • Hello

              I agree with you completely. I play some Kinect games, so I’ll probably be staying with the Xbox One + Kinect, even if they do begin to offer XBox One without Kinect. Most of my friends have Xbox, anyway, so the online factor is a big factor in keeping me attracted to Xbox One as well.

    • Derek Haneman

      All my friends are on Either PC or Xbox so I really hope that’s the case..I want to stay with Xbox but if they don’t drop the required Kinect BS and the 100$ that comes with it I’ll just stick with PC and maybe get a PS4 if they get any games I wanna play.

      Kinect offers zero benefits whatsoever for me…I’m a gamer…I want a mouse/keyboard/gamepad in my hand ….i don’t wanna be waiving like a special needs kid at the TV to do something I can do with my controller.

      • BHill4three5891

        yep, you’ll see what I said. Just wanna game. Don’t care about the extra bells and whistles

  • killzoner

    So the only not so good comparison now is the price, with Xbox one with
    Kinect at $499 compared to PS4 with camera (eye) for $474 (the PS4
    camera is about $75 from sony) considering an all features comparison.
    But Kinect definitely offers more than the camera so this is kind of
    minor.

    It boils down now to exclusives, for biggies (X1 –
    Titanfall,Quantum break,Forza5,Halo5,RYSE,CrimsonDragon,Proj Spark vs
    PS4 – DriveClub,Infamous ss,Killzone sf,The Order, Deep down, Knack).
    Looks like MS exclusives are better.

    • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

      I cannot lie, the only exclusives Sony has shown that has me interested is Infamous SS and The Order 187something…I feel Killzone has now become the Halo for Sony

      • paulinacio

        WOW Did you compare Killzone to Halo?!?! There completely different games

        • dieger

          from the recent gameplay shoiwn it looks A LOT more like halo then killzone anymore. which is one of the reason im turned off to it. where is the grit or the dark corridors and desolate wastelands? not saying it will be bad but for a guy like me who loved killzone 2 and HATED killzone 3 for selling out killzone:SF looks like a sequel to killzone 3…..

    • HammadTheOne

      Not really.

      Xbox One is also completely region locked, it’s being
      sold in less countries, it has a lower specced GPU and RAM, it has 3 OS
      which means only 5 GB for games, and it also has a garbage XBL plan,
      with no decent free games like PS + (XBL users this week got their first
      game Fable 3 lol terribad game, while PSN users got Uncharted 3 and
      XCOM).

      Also, only 6 / 20 PS4 first party exclusives have been
      shown off so far, with about 20/40 games with exclusive content shown
      off so far.

      • Hello

        Says the guy who didn’t read the article. Xbox isn’t region locked anymore.

        Also, stop trying to pass your opinion on games off as a fact. That’s really annoying.

        • HammadTheOne

          A comment is an opinion. Your opinion of my comment is annoying.

      • Jamic

        All either misslead facts, biased oppinions or straight out bullshit.

        And I dont give a fuck about Uncharted series, hell only Killzone has been moderately interesting while Infamous is “fun” but I would rather have Halo or something instead of uncharted. I really do think its a bit too overrated just like “The last of us”

        Yeah and shadowfall is out of my interest because it looks boring as hell.

        Point being: you cant argue that exclusives are “simply better” on PS because obviously Im not agreeing on that which means that exclusives really should be left out of the equation when arguing what platform is the best.

        • James Mulhall

          Have you played The Last of Us or the Uncharted series?

          • Jamic

            I havent played TLOU but uncharted, yes. I just feel that the last of us is stupid overrated, Im not saying its bad game…

            • paulinacio

              lol So you judge a game you never played?!?! I hate fanboys who diss a game not because they hate it but because there loyal to there master Sony or Microsoft.

            • Jamic

              *sigh*
              Saying that something is overrated doesnt mean its a bad game or that someone dislikes it. TLOU is gaining way too much popularity just because it was made by naughty dog and it looks graphicaly outstanding. People are going all apeshit “ermahgerd dis is a reeson to own plztation 3!!!” over TLOU.

              Im not interested about TLOU but Im not disliking it. Get that thought through your head.

            • paulinacio

              lol Saying it is stupidly overrated isn’t dissing the game?!?! People are enjoying the game and if the want ti get a PS3 to experience it then so be it but don’t say it is stupid just because you dislike it

            • Jamic

              Just because I used stupid to describe how overrated it is doesnt mean “stupid” describes the game itself.

              “over-rated” isnt an insult, its a question mark.

        • DanO

          TLOU and Uncharted were/are great games?! Goes to show your taste in games is horrible.

          • James Mulhall

            What would you call a ‘great’ game then?

            • DanO

              I’ll just name the ones that come to mind that I had the most fun with, BF2; KZ2; DR2; COD4; MW2; LBP; RDR; AC2; DS2; GTA SA: GTA 4; Skyrim; Fallout 3 and infamous. I’m sure there’s a lot I missed.

              EDIT: Rachet and clank was fun too =)

            • James Mulhall

              Hmmm.. you tell the Jamic guy his taste in games is horrible and then you call MW2 a great game. Ironic.

            • DanO

              Mw3 was shit and so was every other cod after that, but Mw2 was a great game they brought a lot of innovation to the CoD series including a new engine. I’d like to see what games you think are ‘great’?

            • James Mulhall

              Fallout, GTA, Elderscrolls, Killzone, Infamous, The Last of Us, The Walking Dead, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, Crash Bandicoot, etc..

            • DanO

              Oh yes I forgot about CTR fucking loved that game on ps1, and The Walking Dead? I’ve never played it but I only herd bad things..

        • HammadTheOne

          The last of us has a 95% on Metacritic. Yeah.

          No wonder you play on Xbox and actually like the recent Halo games (last decent one was 3, halo 2 was the best overall), your taste is terrible.

          • Jamic

            Yeah, like rating and sale numbers have ever been the best way to value a game. I didnt even tell you what games I prefer and you are calling out “xbox player” and “bad taste” cards ? Okay. I said I would rather have halo because I dislike uncharted series and halo has this sort of…. MP cult thingy. The last of use is not bad but its way too overrated.

            • paulinacio

              Why because the main focus is Single player?? GTFO You haven’t even played THOU and you calling it overrated lol Biased much

            • Guest

              The fact that people vote down your comments shows that they are sad fanboys, who don’t understand the basic concept of an opinion.

          • Guest

            Ok, Grand Theft Auto IV has the highest Metacritic score of all time. In your eyes, this means GTA IV is the best game of all time, right?

        • Dirtknap

          While I agree with you, the same principle applies to the guys pleading the same case for the other camp.

          I’m tired of seeing subjective information and opinion stated as fact, which is then somehow converted into a quantifiable factor as to which platform is winning. Fanboy math is seriously broken.

          • Raymond Featherston

            Now I feel dumb because I just typed a short essay saying the same thing you did in one paragraph.

            • Dirtknap

              Haha, its good having a few folks around that are more or less on the same page :)

          • Jamic

            Im not quite sure what you meant (my english is not perfect) but if you reffered to my statement about “rather having halo than uncharted” I believe we are talking about the same thing.

            The fact that I, as a PS supporter would prefer some xbox tittles over some PS titles should show that Im not keen on my platform of choice because of some overrated exclusive games. The fact that he also used numbers like “oh xbox has 3 OS which only leave 5 gigs left for gaming” is not factual. It originaly started as an example or estimation.

            My reply was intented to be an example of why exclusives shouldnt count towards “which platform is suprerior”. It used to be the case in early 2000 and during PS1 era or even earlier but these days exclusive titles are so small minority in games that its pointless to use them for platform wars.

            Im not saying that Xbox has better exclusives either.

            • Dirtknap

              Sorry dude, only the opening sentence of my statement was directly in response to you, the rest was general observation.

              I have my platform preference, but I still won’t stand for that systems merits being argued as “superior” based on personal preferance by other posters. I would really just like to see everybody agree to disagree, after all, we are talking about about our preferred brand of inanimate object, not a case of Taliban vs the infidels, though the vehemence of some of these arguments has me starting to wonder.

          • B_Boss

            Timed/Exclusives + Console I am Emotionally/Financially attached* to = “BEST” (NEVERMINDWHATTHEFECKBESTMEANS) SYSTEM YAAAAAR!!!!!!

            yeah……fanboy math is indeed broken bud lol….

        • Raymond Featherston

          You can’t argue that Xbox exclusives are simply better either as many of the above comments try to do, and yet you said nothing to them about it. Do I sense a little bias seeping out of your comment? You also forget to mention how some Xbox exclusives are also over hyped, like Halo, GoW, and Minecraft (console exclusive wise, this does count PC). It seems to me when someone has an anti-Microsoft opinion you go into overdrive pointing out PS’s faults (and it’s exclusives), but just happen to forget to mention the same possible faults on the Xbox and it’s exclusives. Because to me Minecraft is just plain boring. My point is there was nothing wrong with his comment other than the region lock part. And seeing as how which console is better is determined objectively, (there is no way to factually prove if one is better than the other) exclusives are a big deal when deciding which console is better for each individual, and should be considered when making a buying choice.

        • Aria68

          lol MS used to have 3 worthy exclusives Halo,gears,forza … now they are two… SONY have 3 times this number, just check out PS3 that how many exclusive games are coming to it (even now) it shows how much SONY supporting their console even in it’s end cycle … can you say the same thing about MS and xbox ?!

          • Guest

            Get a dictionary, go the the ‘O’ section, and read the definition for the word ‘opinion’. You may need to read the definition several times to get a firm grasp on it.

        • paulinacio

          LOL did you say The Last of Us is overrated!?!, if it was on Xbox you would be praising it

          • Guest

            Get a dictionary, go the the ‘O’ section, and read the definition for the word ‘opinion’.

            • paulinacio

              lol maybe you don’t understand the definition of it!! The guy is obviously just a very biased person. I for one love any game if its good regardless of the developer or console it is exclusive too

    • Joshua

      You forgot about the revolutionary 2000 player Free-to-Play game coming to PS4 at launch that no one knows about (ironically made by Sony Online Entertainment) Planetside 2! It really is a fun game not pay2win or anything I have it on PC. :D

      • Jason

        That’s not exclusive… and not a new game…

        • SubXero

          It’s as exclusive as TitanFall.

        • HammadTheOne

          Actually it is… half of the 360/One’s “exclusives” are on PC.

    • DanO

      Really? Here I’m think Ps3 exclusives are WAY better. None of the Xbox one exclusives even look remotely good to me, but that’s my opinion.

    • betosobreira

      waaaaaaaay better… hahaha

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheNeoReaper Chad Eugene Rash

      Titan Fall is a timed exclusive.

    • wubwub

      titanfall is not even a complete exclusive,
      and a toutchpad is way more usefull than the kinect.

    • David

      the ps4 is still cheaper and what real gamer is going to waste there money on a stupid camera for the ps4 and you are forced to buy it on the xbox so saying they are nearly the same price makes no sense when the ps4 is a hundred bucks cheaper

      • QwietStorm

        I’m buying the camera on PS4 for video chats and live streaming.

    • David

      and titanfall isn’t an exclusive its on PC aswel

    • paulinacio

      PS4 EYE is only 60$ and it is optional. The whole “Looks like MS exclusives are better” is a opinion. Here a is bigger list then what you showed “Not all exclusives but most wont be coming to X1 if any” inFamous Second Son, DriveClub, Killzone Shadow Fall, The Order 1886,
      Final Fantasy IV ARR, Knack, Planetside 2, Transistor, Warframe,
      WarThunder, Don’t Starve, Daylight, Trials Fusion, Secret Poncho,
      Primal Carnage: Genesis, Mercenary Kings, Outlast, Ray’s The Dead,
      Basement Crawl, DC Universe Online, Naughty Dog Next Game, The Last Guardian, Grand Turismo 6, Quantic Dream Next Game, The Witness (Timed Exclusive) and many more that Sony has yet to announce

      • zacflame

        naughty dog just made TLOU, they won’t just make another one in a few months.

        • paulinacio

          I didn’t state when it would be released but we all know they will be making a Uncharted 4 game at a later date if not a new IP

          • zacflame

            they would most likely make another TLOU, or something with a new title but in the same universe as TLOU or UC.
            most devs don’t make back-to-back new IP’s .

            • DanO

              Yeah I don’t think they will make a new IP anytime soon, it took them 3 years just to make TLOU.

    • zacflame

      all MS has worth playing is ryse and titanfall, which are both 50/50 chance at being a decent game (why play ryse when you can play elder scrolls?why play titanfall when you can play COD?)
      all the sony has (that you mention on your list) is Infamous second son, not to mention all the F2P games and MMOs.

  • Hello

    Don’t see how anyone could hate on this comment. It’s his opinion, he can choose whatever console he wants.

    • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

      Dude, I got hate on IGN for saying I was on the fence for which console “I” want.

      • Hello

        Welcome to the comment section on game blogs, where people take your opinion personally, and rip you apart for it.

        EDIT: Actually, no. That is not just comment sections on game blogs, it’s the whole internet.

        • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

          Yep, either submit to other’s opinion as fact, or DAI!

      • ReeceGators

        I know! I’ve been on IGN alot recently and it seriously made me reconsider my console choice

    • James Mulhall

      Yeah. I don’t mind. But I’ve always been a Sony fanboy.. :3 Anyway, I just don’t like Microsoft, they always seem really serious compared to Sony. But yeah, I’ll most likely buy a new PC later this year and get a PS4 Summer 2014. I’m pretty sure Sony will have developers like Naughty Dog release some great exclusives over the PS4′s lifespan.

    • ReeceGators

      No need to share it though. Im not going on a PS4 article and saying “Dont care Im getting the ONE!”

  • FPS Hobo

    Today Xbox fanboys brought out the celebratory petrolium jelly.

  • Blaine Reinsma

    Good to see them admit their mistake and make the effort to fix it, but the PS4 still has more powerful hardware (better GPU and RAM) and it costs $100 less. Even though back-peddling was smart, I still have zero respect for a company that tried to pull that bullshit in the first place.

    • dumyspeed

      100% agree

    • PuddingAuxRais1ns
      • paulinacio

        Great article and some great points were made. Like the guy said… Microsoft didn’t change there polices for gamers but because there competitor “Sony” forced there hand and it really shows that Microsoft can care less about the customers

  • BHill4three5891

    Still sticking with PS4, but damn Microsoft, why you making this a harder choice now? lol

  • William Dugas

    I love how this article makes people run back to xbox. its funny just how many sheep there are in this world. doesn’t it make you think that they will ding you folks elsewhere. no probably not because sheep only see whats before them and follow it.

    be smart consumers and wait a bit. don’t go wasting all that cash just to find out new fees have come up. this is the one thing i’m good at is intelligence and something just doesn’t smell right. they did a 180 turn (although im not really believing this) way too quickly. they have to have something else in the works.

    if you want to still go for xbox one then enjoy yourself but don’t be shocked if i turn out to be right and your suddenly paying for other shit. just please be a smart consumer and not a fanboy because thats how these companies are able to do what they do. fanboy/fangirl sheep who don’t use their intellect and choose wisely.

    • Hello

      It funny how hypocritical PS fanboys are, too. When Xbox Live was the only service that charged for multiplayer, PS fans claimed it was a rip off and other stuff like that. Now that they have to pay for online, they claim it’s some sort of added value. Remember how much everyone was hating on the PS4 when it was first announced? Well, after the Xbox One was announced, they went running back to it like it was some God’s given gift. You’ve been replying to every positive XBox comment and calling them sheep. It’s time for you to take a break.

      • BHill4three5891

        Perhaps why PS people are fine with the extra charge (if they even want to play MP) is because of the added benefits they get with PS Plus. Discounts, Free Games, Betas, Game trials. While Xbox (correct me if I’m wrong) just offers it’s online service. Definitely could be wrong though, don’t flame me too hard

        • Hello

          I won’t flame you, I haven’t been flaming TOO many people. Xbox has started offering 2 free games a month, we get demos to games, we gets sales on games and DLCs, and we get movies before they are released on DVD/ON DEMAND. We also get betas for some games if we sign up for it.

          I just find it funny when PS fans complained about Xbox’s online charge during this the PS3/X360 console war, but now that they are forced to pay to play online, they act like it’s some added-value, and now they don’t bring up the online fee during their neverending, pointless console wars.

          • BHill4three5891

            pointless indeed, we all have the same purpose, and that is to game!

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheNeoReaper Chad Eugene Rash

            You should say some PS fans. I love PS & I said numerous times I want us to pay to play online.

  • WarBroh

    Bwahahahahaha @ all the “Just accept change” and “XBONE is the future” trolls of the past few weeks.

    • B_Boss

      Yeah….MS has accepted change alright lol!…Isn’t it ironic War?

  • ReeceGators

    Sony Fanboys were like “OMG This freaking restrictions, I wont buy one now! (like you were going to anyway)” Now they change the features and say “Wow just copying Sony, too late in the race still getting a PS4!”

    • B_Boss

      Here’s the thing though Reece, MANY XB apologists were actually defending the DRM issue etc, which to a degree, I can understand. But many critics argued that MS a bad decision and here you have MS basically telling the world that they made a mistake and have listened to the complaints from the consumer.

      • ReeceGators

        yes they’re fixing the mistake and they’re getting critiqued for it. it’s like you cant satisfy anybody. Personally I would rather have the always online thing so I could utilize the family share plan but oh well :/

        • B_Boss

          Well…you certainly can’t satisfy everyone but hey…..maybe it won’t be as bad as you might think. I do wish MS the very best in healthy relations with MS and its fan/consumer-base.

  • Wayne Foxton

    from now on we better call it Xbox 180

  • Jonah Thrillz

    Well why support a company that didn’t have the best of intentions.

    At the end of the day, the PS4 is still better because:

    1) Faster hardware
    2) Cheaper by $100
    3) More games supporting it
    4) Your wireless headsets still work with it
    5) Won’t have that awful intrusive Kinect eye.

  • Manny Maciel

    I knew this would happen they werent just gonna sit their and lose millions of dollars and not do anything about it.

  • MC-ARNIE

    In the word’s from a legend, Ladies and Gentlemen.. I bring to you, the one… The only…. JOHNNY MATHISSSSS!!

    “Too much, too little, too late, to lie again with you” Wooo yehhhh o/

  • MrSunshine

    I don’t see how this is a “win” for Microsoft, considering they were forced into doing this due to an massive outcry of consumers and their terrible PR. They had all this stuff in place and now they have to rethink their entire business strategy. This basically shows that they pretty much had no idea what they were doing.

    • Jason

      Hah, no it does not… They are Microsoft, you think they would be a Global leading corporation if “They did not know what they were doing”? lol

      • MrSunshine

        Why are they in this situation then? Tell me how planning a massive PR screw up and then looking like fools is a master stroke of business planning.

  • yourmazzter

    I didn’t even care about the DRM my internet stays on I don’t trade in games anyway i like to have a collection and I thought the family share thing was cool its not like they can do a background check on you to see if the people on there are family just put 10 friends and voila everyone on the internet is so quick to judge a company and now that they reversed it its pretty much up to price and exclusives at this point

    • WarBroh

      take a breath. there’s this thing called a period.

  • WarBroh

    Interesting backpedal, proves the power of the internet and consumer awareness and thank god people didn’t just roll over for Microsoft’s new Metro era of “just accept change” attitude, but until they offer a kinect-less version for $399 I won’t consider cancelling my PS4 preorder.

    • SubXero

      I think if they could ditch the Kinect now they would but it’s probably too ingrained in the system architecture to do so.

  • SangheiliSpecOp

    If you try to shove shit down your market’s throat, and they don’t like it, your company will FAIL if you don’t change. This, if anything, should show the power we have as gamers over all of these big corporations. If you don’t like their products, don’t support them with your wallets and VOICE your opinions and everyone will benefit.

    This is somewhat random, but for an example, look at Call of Duty (not trying to bash). Everyone always complains about lag and graphics and other issues, but you still give Activision a BILLION dollars for every release of CoD. It’s almost contradictory. If they get a billion dollars for every game, why would they change? Would it be smart to change?

    If Microsoft didn’t get opposition here, we would still have all of these shitty, restrictive, right-limiting rules.

  • MegaMan3k

    This is a bad move.

    There are benefits to merging disc and digital, such as price competition.

    Unfortunately, this move does nothing but bad things. It won’t help Microsoft recover – they WILL lose the core gamer audience, this will not help them. And instead, those who would have bought an Xbox One anyway, now have less features and the industry continues to stagnate.

  • XBLOWS

    Fuck microsoft

  • NeT-ShatterZ

    Yep it’s too late for shitty ol micro$oft

    • ReeceGators

      too bad they only announced it 1 month and there is still 5 FUCKING MONTHS till the release. Yeah haha wayyyyy too late Son¥ fanboy

      • Aria68

        It’s funny how you puppets dancing for your puppet master !!! you dance as he pull the the strings :) dance boy dance

        • Alex Melendez

          Get off of sony’s wet penis tote apple that looks ilk my elf infested nipp.

        • ReeceGators

          oh wait maybe we just like a certain product. Would you imagine that?

  • Reflx

    Xbox One it is then. But I would like to still have the ability to download the game to the Xbox and never put the disk back in the tray.

  • B_Boss

    Whoa…….many have said or defended that MS is moving “forward” with the features that have been effectively changed by MS today…..now either the very Corp. they (apologists) support have gone mad into retrograde idiocy OR….MS has made a wise decision.

    This is really not TOO surprising (but still a bit shocking and they’ve been quiet and a clue was when IW said that they needed finalized hardware, which moved me to think that changes could still be made) but I wonder if MS actually wanted to make these changes if you know what i mean? It seems the consumer’s desires win the skirmish but we’ll see how this plays out in the future as time passes.

  • dpg70

    Sorry MS, I went into this gen with a completely open mind. I was ready to go with the Xbox as my first purchase. You closed that up pretty quick. Maybe I’ll see you at the first price drop.

  • Gannon

    Still sticking with the PS4. No question for me. Its the more powerful GAMING system, and its $100 cheaper. Microsoft exclusives aren’t nearly enough to make me switch. PS4!

  • WarHero

    MS being smart eh? I’m still leaning on the PS4 since the hardware is SLIGHTLY better and $100 cheaper which is Sony’s big advantage now..any way is the Kinect going to still be a “Spy Cam”

    • Cillian Greene

      the PS4 GPU is 50% more powerful then the xbox’s

      • WarHero

        Hence why I say slightly, both platforms have similar spec but yes the PS4 is more powerful in term of GPU

  • B_Boss

    They actualized this change in the blink of an eye…..all they had to do was announce this at E3 or before E3….they waited until all of this sludge was tossed at them.

    I guess in the end you can’t have one system seem so ‘consumer’ friendly with their new console and yet your own consumers are raving about this DRM (sheesh….simply lending a game, etc). MS tried to stand their ground but the consumer seems to have stood theirs on one of the fronts.

    While many tried so hard to defend MS’ policies….they should now be somewhat confused. Many of them believed that MS was at the forefront of nextgen gaming, moving along to the future at the speed of light but as it were…MS has said today that the critics were right….and that they made a mistake. How do you defend that? MS is either sad..because they must go “backwards” and give in to this consumer “nightmare” that is the DRM issue….or perhaps they’ve restored only some faith in their fanbase (and to a degree the consumer). I hope MS won’t have to be ‘restrained’ now that they’ve agreed to their criticisms…..here’s hoping.

    This is somewhat shocking lol…I mean i wondered if MS would ever ‘give in’ and what it would look like over the web. I’ve received my answer (for the most part) today. All of the weeks of their being bashed, the constant outcry against them, E3…..ALL of these things had to have hurt in some way as they looked over their preplanned lush green, dollar sign valleys that they were to traverse….and now, that journey has come to some sort of halt (perhaps they have other methods, we don’t know yet). damn lol…..2013 will be one of the most memorable years in gaming history. Glad to be a part of it.

  • Ryan Merrifield

    It seems that Microsoft can just as easily re-implement these features seeing how quickly they took them away. I wouldn’t be surprised to see these features reinstated a few years down the road.

  • Wrathchildx666x

    took them longer than I thought to change some stuff

  • ReeceGators

    To all the Sony Fanboys who are complaining about privacy in the Kinect, would you rather have a video that will not be shared of you sitting on a couch playing a game OR your fucking credit card stolen. Which one seems more intrusive?

    • Jonah Thrillz

      Screw the damn credit card. I can always have it cancelled AND lose no money. Once the video of you is on the net it’s there forever!!! Just hope you don’t get caught doing the big nasty with some fat chick.

      • ReeceGators

        Well one, they said that the information Kinect captures wont be recorded or shared and 2. Who the fuck has sex in their living room in front of a kinect

    • B_Boss

      I thought Sony said that all of the PSN sensitive user data was not compromised (Credit Cards, etc, if this is what you’re referring to)

  • Magilla187

    IMHO i dont they should be let off the hook easily with what they did not to mention a nice apology to the hardcore xbox fanbase would have been a nice gesture but they didnt even do that, nintendo even apologized for the lack of games for the wii U and all Microsoft can do is change the policies around to get us off their backs ? smh enough is enough i’d rather spend my money on the PS4 and a new graphics card, while im glad they changed the policies not just too long ago on thee “ANGRY JOE SHOW” They said it was basically nearly impossible to do that, then a few days later oh we changed our policies, im pretty sure they should have done that from the get go that basically means they didn’t zero fu*ks & they planned on keeping it that way smh shame on you microsoft

  • Lestat87

    They got nothing. They will implement those drm based things in future updates once sales have lowered. Also their game previews were run on windows 7 pcs with gtx7xx cards. Doesn’t mean crap about how its going look on xbox one. Also the fact it was run on win7 and not win 8 when the interface is meant to be based around win8. Avoid disappointment and don’t bother.

  • Taylor Cogdill

    It would seem now the argument is PS4 is still better because of better hardware.

    The truth is guys, and listen to me on this, this is the truth: any game developer will tell you console specs rarely ever matter. For example, The SNES wrecked the Master System even though the MS had MUCH faster processors. Take a look at this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyAjZd1trAY

    It is usually tied more to business decisions and exclusive games. Don’t look at the consoles for specs guys; you’re wasting your time. Instead, look at the exclusive. They offer much more value than any hardware differences.

  • Weschester

    BOO change it back to the way it was. I want the family plan to share downloaded games and I don’t want to always put the disc in the tray cause the disc can get ruined. I CANCELLED MY PREORDER. I wish they would change it back

    • FuckIt

      You win some, you lose some.

  • TriguyRN

    OHHH!

  • JustinD

    Awesome. The xbone I WAS going to get just got better

  • WarHero

    Only drawback of the Xbox One is importantly the Price tag of $499 and the Spy Cam errm Kinect 2…I might actually pick this up but after a price drop. I still don’t respect Microsoft for putting all the BS in the first place but this is just the first step of redemption.

  • Ryan Schulze

    I’m puzzled how the two key reveals work together. You can trade and lend games, But They Require an Online Check In The First Time You Play. So, your friend can borrow the game, but when they register the game on their console, is there a fee? What happens when your friend puts the used game in his Xbox? That’s what’s missing.

  • SangheiliSpecOp

    E3 damage has aready been done. Too late.

  • Kingsolar

    Everybody should remember this -

    Microsoft clearly stated that – ” terms and conditions may change over time ”

    So that means they are doing all these just to increase sales so that they can later put all the bullshit back again. Remember at E3 they themselves said that the xbox one is designed and architect based on online connectivity.

    Microsoft became such a shady company its very unfortunate.

  • Bengalsfan9595

    Glad theyre listening to people, but honestly, now they just look stupid, still buying PS4!

  • paulinacio

    it about time Microsoft seen the bigger picture and admitted the F**ED UP. The damage is kinda of done and it might be too late

    • FuckIt

      How is the damage done. The fact that everyone keeps saying that is stupid. What, can people suddenly not switch preorders anymore?

      • paulinacio

        A lot of people have made up there mind to get the PS4 and there extremely pissed for Microsoft even attempting to have such ridiculous restrictions + Microsoft didn’t do this for gamers.. They changed there policies because SONY gave them no choice

  • fc

    Funny now how the games that required the cloud in order to work before when the online requirement was mandatory but now that its not a constant 24 hr connection those very same games will still function with an optional sign in, dont you think. Caught out in a lie.

  • Angelreborn96

    I’m a ps3 fan, and always disliked Xbox but.. Honestly with the time Microsoft has, they are DEFINITELY going to make the Xbox One better. Just wait and everyone will see.

    • paulinacio

      How is that?!?! By changing there policies every time a competitor forces there hand??

  • Eric

    Naaaa screw you Microsoft. You communist company. When I buy a disc it is mine. When i buy a car its mine. Never forget gamers without Sony you would be a slave. Re pay sony and buy there console this time.

  • zacflame

    too bad.
    the damage has been done.

  • xkj220x

    Your all forgetting the biggest thing. MS is patching the DRM, which means it’s still in the system just will not effect your system when it comes to used games. But MS can always go back 1 year later and in force it. They had no choice but to change it, MS thought blocking used games was smart, but forcing the BUYER to make a switch like that is to early. I am not saying they will, but just don’t be like you said no DRM, but they did not say they were completely removing it form the X1. On second hand- we actually haven’t seen real xbox1 footage yet. Everything at E3 was PC, game play with high end graphic cards. So the “big exclusives” they have are not even running yet on X1.

  • awkenney

    I’m getting the XB1 first in the wake of this news. The competitive community is more important to me than the power of the system. The competitive community is on Xbox now and probably will be in the future. Microsoft also has a habit of supporting competitive gaming. Sold.

  • FuckIt

    Oh my god, this is such a bad thing. Microsoft was literally pushing the ‘future’ of how consoles will be, but now everyone just ruined it. This is just taking a big step back, and it’s our faults.

  • jj16802

    How the heck can anyone say that one console has won the war when it hasn’t even started yet? Save the disses for November folks!

  • WILL a.k.a ILL WILL

    LMFAO @ Microsoft being Predictable. Shutting out people who choose to buy used and play offline is terrible idea. We make Xbox and Sony money, if they don’t listen to use they FK’d. I know those who dickride either company, but it boils down to us. I’ve been with Sony since the 1st system, so I’ll buy PS4 1st, I’ve never played an Xbox, not by choice, just never had the chance, and Sony always had the netter exclusives, that will never change.

  • Eddy Columna

    One thing some people are forgeting, MS tried to screw the gamers the core of their market. I as an Xbox 360 owner cannot forget what they tried to do to us, as if we are some kind of idiots that do not know better. I give two s#!% about exclusives and Halo, GoW or whatever other bulls#!% people think makes one console better than the other. If you get slapped in the face like a little bitch and then 5 minutes later that person that just made you feel like a piece of crap gives you some laffy taffy and sweet tarts, does that mean what just happened to you went *poof*? The monster just showed its face and you cant un-ring a bell. And if you let that snake in your bed and get bit you have no one to blame but yourself. Besides $$ is what makes the most sense here anyways, no need to pay to get online to use the FREE internet explorer, or feel like u are paying twice to watch netflix, and paying xbox and skype to talk to your sick mother that lives in another country. oh and hardware-wise Sony has MS beat <-fact. Suck my ass MS your true colors are showing.

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