This is killing me right now.
Microsoft has just announced it was making a massive 180 concerning it’s Xbox One DRM policies, obviously due to the loud minority of internet users complaining along with hard pressure from Sony. Along with that 180 comes a removal of a small percentage of Xbox One features, those features, though, were some of the most revolutionary.
The Xbox One was set to become not only a next-gen console, but a future proof next-gen console that would rival Valve’s Steam service. A future where putting your disc in the console once was the only time you had to do it, was just around the corner. Imagine being able to log in to any Xbox One console, anywhere in the world, and see your entire Xbox One games library there – immediately available to you. That’s all gone now.
Today, I have become the scorned, as Microsoft has taken away the features that I was looking forward to most. Being able to share your entire game library with up to ten different people, never needing to bring discs anywhere, being able to give a game bought digitally to someone, this was all the way of the future! These were things that would usher in a new era of gaming, where ‘The Cloud’ is our friend and developers see more profits from games. This was not only the future of the Xbox One, but the future of gaming, and now because of the loudest minority on the internet, all those features are gone.
Want to seamlessly switch between games like we saw at Microsoft’s E3 press conference? That means you’ll now have to buy all your games digitally – something which I’m now considering completely, given how amazing that feature was. This also means that if you want that feature, you’ll have to remove your rights to trade a game back in, as you won’t be given a physical disc.
While I doubt it, hopefully Microsoft will introduce some way to make your games in the shared library come back. We can only hope, because in my opinion, Sony has become the bane of the gaming industry and caused a massive step back in the way we treat games. If nothing happens, it may just be another ten years before we see these features materialize.