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[2]: Going to put this here
by lucas_maximus on Wed 19th Jun 2013 23:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Going to put this here"
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You seem a reasonably astute individual; why complain about this, when steam is not changing its used games policy, and has controller and big screen support for most games?

You will be able to get more performance from a PC than the Xbone anyway, and it's not like you're missing out on any games except Halo and those stupid sports titles.

Missing the point.

My point it that those that complain about the xbox 1 aren't complaining about steam which was a similar policy until recently.

My complaint is that it is okay for most people here as long as it isn't Microsoft doing it.

Edited 2013-06-19 23:53 UTC

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RE[3]: Going to put this here
by woegjiub on Thu 20th Jun 2013 00:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Going to put this here"
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Opposition to steam has decreased, but it certainly still exists. "Renting" as a replacement for buying, DRM, etc.
Microsoft suck, but this is being directed at them for changing how disc-based games work, not due to who they are. With PC games, you can still buy a disc, and just not activate it on steam.
These restrictions are accepted for downloaded games, but not physical media games, which was the point.

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RE[4]: Going to put this here
by bnolsen on Thu 20th Jun 2013 02:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Going to put this here"
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currently steam is one option of many that you can use for your PC. There's not yet a steam console that's 100% locked into steam which possibly would require a similar policy to what xbone's was.

The whole issue with xbone was that MS wanted you to spend a ton of money to exclusively lock you into their abuses.

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. Well i guess things have changed.

I do find that steam is a very good way to purchase and manage older games that occasionally go on firesale.

With xbone: the damage is done. they tried to pull a fast one and got caught, then they recant. That's how criminals act, not companies wanting you as a customer.

Edited 2013-06-20 02:31 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

I hate microsoft as much as the next fellow, but I'd have to agree that they did get kind of a bum rap with this.

I don't actually play videogames enough to really have either policy affect me. They were trying to make a trade off with allowing a player to play any of there games anywhere without transporting disks and allowing publishers to get a chunk of used game sales. If they had just focused on the former, I don't think they would have gotten the back lash they did.

I think the all digital sounds like a good idea, but the used game sales was messed up. It needs to be simpler, and not require the permission of the publisher. How cool would it be to swap games in xbox live with a friend for what ever price you two agreed on? Game stores could have their own master account so you could still get them from their accounts if you wanted.

Edited 2013-06-20 14:15 UTC

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