Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st May 2013 21:38 UTC
Games At an event earlier today, Microsoft unveiled the next Xbox - the third model, but confusingly named Xbox One. The big focus was TV, integrated Kinect, and all the other stuff we all expected to be forced down our throats. I think it took them 25 minutes to actually come to what should be the core of the story: gaming. Nothing groundbreaking in the gaming department, except for how Microsoft intends to handle the used games market and borrowing games from friends: pay up, buddy!
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Just to play Devil's Advocate...
by sparkyERTW on Wed 22nd May 2013 12:35 UTC
sparkyERTW
Member since:
2010-06-09

... but has anyone considered that it might not be Microsoft themselves that are the main driving force behind this lockdown? We've seen in other entertainment media markets - music, books, video - that it's the publishers that are the ones demanding these sort restrictions. It's entirely possible that companies like Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard are the forcefully requesting this action from Microsoft. While Microsoft does benefit, the publishers have even more to gain. And as much as we think of Microsoft as a console giant, it wouldn't be too hard for the big publishers to bring them to their knees with sanctions of major franchises.

I'm not saying I'm right, and I'm not saying Microsoft's hands are clean even if I am. I'm just saying there may be more parties to blame here than just Microsoft.

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organgtool Member since:
2010-02-25

I'm sure most publishers would prefer the console to be locked down as much as possible.

forcefully requesting

Those two words look silly next to each other. They can request the console manufacturers to put these restrictions in place, but they can't do anything to force the change. Sure, they could threaten to stop creating games for consoles that don't have this restriction, but I think the console manufacturers would call their bluff. But your whole argument is without merit because Sony has already stated that there are no restrictions for playing used games on the Playstation 4, so the fact that it appears Microsoft may be requiring this is just a dick move.

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sparkyERTW Member since:
2010-06-09

Those two words look silly next to each other.


Yes... that was kind of the point.

But your whole argument is without merit...


No, I'm pretty sure I've got a least some merit in there somewhere...

...because Sony has already stated that there are no restrictions for playing used games on the Playstation 4


Just because Sony shows no sign of having bent to external pressure does not mean external pressure wasn't there. And Sony has never gone back on anything they've stated, or even outright sold (backwards compatibility, Other OS come to mind).

the fact that it appears Microsoft may be requiring this is just a dick move.


This, we agree on.

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