Microsoft on Xbox One: "Our long-term vision hasn't changed at all"

Corporate VP Phil Harrison says company still believes in a connected future for gaming, despite rolling back some features.

Microsoft may have changed some of its Xbox One policies regarding digital games, but that does not mean the company has lost faith in the prospect of a future for connected gaming.

"Our long-term vision hasn't changed at all," Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison told GamesIndustry International. "We haven't diluted our long-term vision, which is all of the benefits of a connected ecosystem and what that means for all of the stakeholders--us, developer, publisher, and crucially, the player. None of that has changed."

What did change is Microsoft's understanding of consumer expectations that come along with a system that features a disc drive, Harrison said.

"What we recognized was when you put a disc slot in the front of a machine certain expectations come with that disc slot. We had to adapt some of our policies and it was best that we did those before we launched, which we've done," he said. "All of that can be handled in the vacuum of the pre-launch activity. And it allows the players to have a choice. They can consume the content through the medium they like the best and fits with their particular situation. I don't think there's a negative to that."

One Xbox One feature that got the ax when Microsoft announced a dramatic policy reversal in June was the Family Sharing plan, which was going to allow players to share their games library with up to 10 family members on any Xbox One. Last week, Valve announced a similar plan for Steam.

Xbox director Albert Penello said earlier this month that though Microsoft is sticking with a disc-based model for the Xbox One launch, the company plans to support trading, loaning, and reselling of digital games down the road.

"I think we need to do that. That has to be part of the experience. Right now, we're focused on launch and we switched the program back to discs, because that's what customers wanted," Penello said at the time.

The Xbox One launches on November 22 for $500.

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1066 comments
Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

Call me old fashioned but I like hoarding my discs.  For some reason that's a big part of why I like the consoles over PC gaming.  Idk why though...

jark888
jark888

Trade, loan, and resell are what we need for digital contents.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

lets just hope their long term vision stays long term for the xbox fanboys sake. 

quiksilvers123
quiksilvers123

Cant wait for my two new sexor consoles! beautiful bricks !

barrica
barrica

Expect the Red Ring of Death, just remember where you heard it first mwah ah ha ha!

Falconoffury
Falconoffury

People didn't scream because the Xbox One came with a disc drive. People want to own the games they buy, without restrictions on loaning or selling. I think you are missing the point, Microsoft.

Anthonyccc
Anthonyccc

Sp Xbox one will re-reverse all the horrible features once they get a bigger fanbase...hmmmmmm think about that one people.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

Another troll-bait article from Eddie Makuch, what else is new?
This man is not a proper journalist. If his misleading headlines didn't score him so many hits, he'd have been fired a long time ago.

trffinal
trffinal

Microsoft on Xbox One: "Our long-term vision hasn't changed at all no your are right in that Microsoft the same evil face will alwas be the same face

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

I'll get a PS4 sometime early 2015 maybe. Still content with my PS3 for now.

tushwacker
tushwacker

As usual, the comment section is full of morons. If you actually read what he said, he's NOT saying that they are going to reinstate the DRM at some point. Disc-based games are going to stay available for resale, and they aren't going to sporadically start making you sign in every day again -> doing this would make zero business sense. What he's saying is that their policy changes won't derail their vision for improving the Xbox digital service. Given the success of steam on PC, this is a smart business move and is not some conniving, conspiracy-theory nonsense.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Still got the integrated camera?  No money for you.  #ducttapetheeye

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

Except it has, but it really hasn't.  Oh you know what we mean, but you don't.  Microsoft. Yea.

leandrro
leandrro

"we still want to f*** you in the a**, we're just waiting you get relaxed"

dragonsama
dragonsama

And we will ALWAYS want the disk, memory stick, whatever it will never replaced by digital. 

bksonic123
bksonic123

"Our long-term vision of screwing our customers with mandatory Kinect hasn't changed at all"

Lostat
Lostat

And that's why MS are continuing to lose market-share to Sony in the pre-sales consoles.  MS want one thing, consumers want something entirely different such as, say, a reasonable price-tag.

Darknight765
Darknight765

@Falconoffury Not really, they were going for the same business model that steam has.  People just flipped because it wasn't want they were used to and MS did a poor job of explaining why they were doing.  There were a few things they I would have done differently but over all it was just all around bad PR on their part.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@tushwacker If done right, it can work. Steam and GOG are good examples. However, I think they'd be tempted to keep prices high since it's a closed platform.

thetoaster99
thetoaster99

@tushwacker 2nd intelligent thing said on here so far, other then my comment saying the same thing.  These people on the forum can twist anything to mean anything, they would give 911 conspiracy theorists a run for their money.

BrainFart01
BrainFart01

@VarietyMage  and whats so great about your life that you think anyone would want to spy on you? cameras are everywhere, i dont get why people still care. 

thetoaster99
thetoaster99

@VarietyMage Do you have duct tape on your laptop camera and phone camera as well?  At least with the Xbox you can unplug it, the others two you cannot.

lbryson8
lbryson8

@dragonsama People at one time believed we would never be able to fly in anything that weighed more than air

tushwacker
tushwacker

@bksonic123 Sigh.. stupidity abounds.. why would they go through the cost of changing their hardware/software so that the Kinect is no longer mandatory, just to reinstate it later? What would they gain, from a business perspective, by ticking off their customers for absolutely no reason? There's no logic behind this paranoia. 

DSCesq
DSCesq

@Lostat Honestly, looking at it objectively, can you really say that the Xbox being $500 is not reasonable? Look at what it is, and what it can do. That's a cheap piece of hardware/software combo in comparison to electronic devices as a whole. Being $100 more than its main competitor does not mean that it's unreasonably priced. 

northArrow
northArrow

@Darknight765The only really good thing about Steam is the price of games. Microsoft was certainly not going to offer deep discounts (the marketplace is currently the most expensive place to buy games). In essence they were providing all the negatives without the positives of digital

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

@BrainFart01 @VarietyMage Anyone who's bored enough to randomly hack a phone, or the government.  Or Microsoft employees on break looking for their own version of Voyeur Roulette.

danusty
danusty

@BrainFart01 @VarietyMage I'm the hottest man on earth thus every woman, man, animal, alien, creature, plant, element, atom wants to see me

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

@thetoaster99 What laptop?  What phone?  I don't need a laptop, and I can't afford Verizon's prices (they are the only service I get out in the sticks).

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@thetoaster99 But the camera drivers can be removed from the laptop and I wouldn't be surprised if there are phone covers that can block the camera either.

danusty
danusty

@DSCesq @dragonsama I've never been all digital for I collect phisical form video games and the consoles that play them. then again, I was born in 1980 and this whole digital thing is not what I grew up with

bksonic123
bksonic123

@tushwacker And what hardware changes are needed considering the Kinect doesn't even need to be plugged in for the console to work? Why would I buy a console which comes with a peripheral I have no interest in and yet costs just as much as the console itself?

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

@tushwacker Microsoft has a long history of doing things that SHOULD tick off their customers, yet they still get tons of fanboy support.  So they my not have much to gain, but they also don't have much to lose either.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@tushwacker Why are they keeping it bundled in with the system when they can ditch it to sell a more affordable package that can have an easier time competing with the PS4?

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

@DSCesq @Lostat  No... it just shows how stubborn they are. Instead of dumping the kinetic as an option they are just forcing everyone to buy something that they'll likely never use. Why do they think that paying a mandatory 100 bucks is a good thing? ..and why do you for that matter?

Vodoo
Vodoo

@DSCesq @Lostat And hopefully it'll keep the trailer trash all on the PS4 because they can't afford the X1. And hopefully all the parents that buy their little kids a console for X-mas will buy the Ps4 as well because it's cheaper. So all the foul mouthed, disrespectful, entitled trash that pump shitty rap songs through the headset  and whiney kids that screech racist slurs, when mommy's not in the room, will all end up on the Ps4. While the X1 will have adult gamers that just wanna have fun and not deal with all the bullshit after a long day at work. 

The End

thetoaster99
thetoaster99

@VarietyMage that's a whole different issue outside of the scope of this article, therefore totally unnecessary..

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@WhiteStormy @tushwacker Bingo! MS pushes their luck to see how far they can go. Given how they have managed to get away with a lot of things for so long, it wouldn't surprise me if they actually decided to bring back anti-consumer policies.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@Vodoo LOL. You're seriously naive if you think that suddenly, the entirety of the XBL community is going to be simply 'adult gamers'. Xbox Live has always been far worse for 'foul mouthed, disrespectful, entitled trash', and that's not changing any time soon.