When a company does wrong, we take to the internet to eviscerate it. When a company responds and tries to unfuck itself, it’s only fair to give praise.
In a response to the increasingly negative feedback from the gaming community, Microsoft announced that it’s changing two of its most asinine Xbox One policies, you don’t have to have a persistent internet connection to play offline and you can share and resell games however you like. You will need to connect the first time you play your game and your disk will need to stay in the console. But this is still pretty good news.
The question is, is this policy shift enough to stem the flood of gamers abandoning the One in favor of the PS4. Microsoft has clearly shown where they want to take gaming, an environment tailored to the publishers rather than the gamers, where you are purchasing a license to play and not an actual game, where they dictate your gaming experience. I fear that even though these policies have been reversed for launch, there’s a good chance that Microsoft will try to change them back little by little.
I don’t like their vision of what gaming should be. And I just don’t trust them to keep gamers first.