Xbox One Restrictions and Why You Shouldn’t Jump the Gun Just Yet

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.

Sounds pretty intense wouldn’t you say? It sure does to me. It means this system won’t allow military personnel from using the system while they’re on-mission somewhere. It means that certain sections of the planet won’t even get the machine because they don’t have sufficient Internet speed. It means that stores like Gamestop could lose millions in revenue by this move. It also means that you won’t be lending your friends games anytime soon.

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!

11 thoughts on “Xbox One Restrictions and Why You Shouldn’t Jump the Gun Just Yet”

  1. I like your point of view on this. On a PR stand point it does sound like a good move where as i’ve been reading all these restrictions all day i’m just more & more unimpressed by it but If Sony hits gamers out there with the same @ E3 whatever comes after that might shift focus for gamers(being less interested) in what Sony reveals after.

    This can also have a negative effect in terms of people viewing the Microsoft convention with gamers having in the back of their minds “well thats great but can’t share or damn no internet or limited data, etc” They are trying too expand there market with tv features & sports but throwing away markets in terms of accessibility.

    That puts Sony in a potential troubling roller coaster in terms of what information & when its divulged during E3. Not to say that for Microsoft its all rosie. They still need too bring a lot of valuable games on the table too turn the tables aswell.

    On another note.haven’t found anything about how many games Microsoft plan on showcasing at E3 but Sony’s 40+ sounds goods. Hoping for something big in terms of RPGs especially from Square Enix.

  2. Interesting point of view. Get the bad stuff out of the way first to focus on their E3 line-up. We’ll see how this one goes. Either way, these restrictions are dreadful. I highly doubt that Sony’s will match them.

  3. If Sony doesn’t match the resctrictions (all pointing in that direction right now) then I believe we may very well see 3rd party companies having a major role in this genration once again. Some may prefer the restrictions, while others may be the opposite. As a result we could see 3rd party exclusives again.

  4. I posted a video, which I’ll link to this article the minute it’s done, but it basically says that there’s no way Microsoft came up with these restrictions on their own. Is it just a coincidence that EA is stopping their online code program now that these restrictions are in place? I think not. If we find out that Sony is doing away with their codes as well, then we have our answer. Publishers will LOVE this new way of things, however if Sony doesn’t follow what MS is doing and their system sells exponentially more, then publishers may not have much of a choice. They’re not going to release a ton of exclusives on a platform that isn’t selling nearly as well as its competitor. Then again, second hand sales cost them millions so who knows.

    Whatever happens, this week is going to be one for the history books. I’m going to be doing daily videos talking all about the news, and my thoughts so be sure to be on the lookout and keep this conversation going!

  5. I know someone who plays a crap load of 360 games but doesnt have access to an online connection besides dial up. Microsoft basically just told him to go screw himself, they dont want his money. I’m okay with no used games, the other restrictions are retarded.

  6. Yeah guys if Sony is able to counter these restrictions I could very well see them walking away with a massive amount of market-share. The ultimate question is if EA and Activision will allow them to counter used games sales though. If they’re forced into a corner, always-online is the safest way to assure the system remains locked. If they do that though, it’s going to be really crappy all around.

  7. Its interesting how some publishers have no comment on this at the moment which could be on waiting for Sony final words on it as well. Accord to this article from gamefly

    All of these restrictions seems like a lot of trouble. Its almost like emulating certain PC restrictions like CD keys ( not resellable & restricted to your account (i.e. steam, Origin) which isn’t a bad thing for PC gamers . or online features only like Sim City or D3 ( we all know how that played out even though I think Sim City was for other factors as well).

    Although I can understand what publishers want out of the used game factor I think they could have other ways to go about it with resellers. I trade in all my games when I see no replay ability value in them & used that trade in credit to buy a new game. Rarely do I buy a used game unless its 20-30$ difference from the original price but for me its the saving $ aspect of trading in a game for a new one. Whether this happens on one console or both if it limits me to keeping my games it will just mean I’ll need to restrict my purchases to titles I really want to purchases rather then taking a chance on titles I’m unsure of. In some cases even borrowing a friends copy of a game to try it out before making a decision on a purchases as well.

    In the end I’ll be focused on what products they will deliver game wise for the consoles first & foremost and whatever happens afterwards we shall see.

  8. See Stephane that’s the issue my man, you wouldn’t even be able to try a friend’s copy unless they activated their account on your system. No lending or renting at launch. Like wtf is that?

    From the link you provided, I found this comment most interesting:

    “Note that, at this time, Sony’s used games policy for PS4 has not been announced. Their executives have gone on record to say used games work and has confirmed that unlike Xbox One, the system does not require an internet connection.”

    If it is indeed true that Sony will not employ the same sort of restrictions then I honestly think Sony will dominate the next-gen hardware race, unless Microsoft makes radical changes to their operation and quickly. We now know that Microsoft has canceled their post E3 conference Q&A, and we don’t need to guess why that is.

    I’m hoping consumers are smarter than this. When you read my article on how the term “owning videogames” is going to change in this next-gen I think you’ll understand why I’m completely against these restrictions. It’s not unrealistic to think that one day someone could flip a switch and all those games you bought will no longer work, mainly because the activation servers are closed down. How disgusting is that?

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