Ok so by now you’ve read on your favorite gaming news sites, and know that Microsoft has a wide assortment of restrictions for used games, online-connectivity requirements, etc. Here’s a super quick break-down.
The Xbox One needs to be connected to the Net at least once every 24 hours. You have to have at least a 1.5Mbps connection for “optimal” Live. You can sell your game to a certain number of retailers, ones that join up with MS that is, and maybe not at launch. Microsoft is still evaluating options for the used game market. You can give your game to a friend, but only one friend, and they have to be on your friend list for at least 30 days or they can’t use the game. Publishers can prevent any of this though, should they please. You can have up to 10 family members use your games, although we’re a little fuzzy how Microsoft will know who a family member is. All games will be downloaded to your HDD, including disc-based games, which means 500GB will disappear within a very short amount of time.
This all sounds disastrous doesn’t it? That might be intended though. Think about it, if Microsoft is doing this now, it means it’ll only have good news for E3. They’re going to show off tons and tons of games this year, and the mainstream press will completely leave out all these negative elements. Not only that, but there’s something else that everyone is missing out on here. We still don’t know exactly what Sony’s plans are right now. Will they follow the same restrictions? Honestly, all we know now is that certain officials at the company have said they will have a used games market, etc. That isn’t exactly confirmation, and should Sony have similar or the same restrictions, they will have no choice but to reveal this info at E3. Doing so will garner worldwide mainstream media attention, making them look extremely bad in the process.
Whatever happens what I mentioned above holds true. Microsoft has just limited the worldwide appeal of this console, and they can be sure soldiers will not be getting an Xbox One. You might think that’s a small market, but you have to look at it on a global scale. We also have to come to terms that it’s very likely the game market we know and love will forever be changed with this new console generation.
So what do you guys think? Was this a genius PR move from Microsoft? Where does Sony fit in all of this? I want to hear your thoughts on this ASAP. We’ll have our answers this Monday for sure, but in the meantime let’s ponder away!