Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jun 2013 23:02 UTC, submitted by M.Onty
Games "Microsoft has sensationally abandoned its controversial plans to restrict the sharing of XBox One games, and has also removed daily online authentication requirements for its forthcoming console", reports The Guardian. They had no choice. Still a good move.
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RE: Going to put this here
by Morgan on Thu 20th Jun 2013 03:07 UTC in reply to "Going to put this here"
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bnolsen said this above:

With steam: don't install it and your computer will still work. steam doesn't own your computer. with xbone: don't plug it in and it's a doorstop. MS owns it, not you.

That's got to be the best, most concise and right-on-the-money description of this entire affair.

If I don't want Steam's crapware on my computer to play FTL, DDO, or countless other third party games, I don't have to install it. I can get those titles standalone from the publisher. The only thing I miss out on by passing up Steam is Valve-only titles.

With the Xbox, the only thing I'm missing out on, again, are Microsoft-only titles and the headaches of using a locked down platform.

In either case, I have choice in the matter. You try to make it sound like it's a crime to play games on anything but the Xbox, and a sin to complain about the DRM and other awful "features". The truth is, in both environments (PC gaming and console gaming) there are choices. In PC gaming there are countless choices: Steam,,, and of course the game publishers themselves. In console gaming there are only three (arguably two) major players, but there is still choice. Why the hell do you feel that is a bad thing? You're being so damned antisocial about this, to the point of taking it as a personal affront that some person somewhere out there doesn't want an Xbox, and that borders on insanity.

So, try not to pop a vein while I go back to playing FTL that I bought from the developer's site, or maybe Minecraft that I got from Mojang, or even Torchlight that I got from (free this week btw).

Edited 2013-06-20 03:08 UTC

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