Attack of the Fanboy

Microsoft might be rethinking the Xbox One

by William Schwartz


According to numerous sources, Microsoft might be rethinking their strategy for the Xbox One.  Following a lukewarm reception at E3 2013, it’s being reported that the company is considering doing a 180 on their DRM, used game, and other controversial features.  The company who has been struggling with their message about the new console is reportedly feeling the heat from Sony.

The combination of Microsoft’s mishandling of their marketing message and the physical restrictions that the company has announced, has many would be purchasers completely discounting the system as a next-generation option.

As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One

Reports from whathifi and Giant Bomb are both reporting that Microsoft will soon reveal the changes to their strategy.

It’s unclear if these reports are based in opinion, but in the case of Giant Bomb’s claims, Patrick Klepek says “Could I be wrong? Yes. But I don’t publish stuff like this very often,” via Twitter.

Hopefully this doesn’t pan out to be another let down for fans hoping that Microsoft launches the Xbox One with less restrictive features.  While the reality of the next-gen is beginning to set in for many, it’ll be a rough PR statement that explains why they company has no plans to change their announced features for the system.

Update: The original FAQ for the Xbox One has been updated with the following message “Update on June 19, 2013: As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One reflected in this blog. Some of this information is no longer accurate.” An updated Xbox One feature list will be found here.

Don Mattrick has updated the Xbox blog to reflect the changes. You can find them here.

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