Microsoft responds to Xbox One backlash - "This isn't a sprint"

Xbox executive Phil Spencer says "the reaction is complete when the product is on the shelf."

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Microsoft has responded to the backlash surrounding the Xbox One and its controversial used-game and connectivity policies. Speaking with GameSpot today, corporate vice president at Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer said gamers will ultimately vote with their wallets.

"We always knew that our story would play out over time. And even now, I would say, this isn't a sprint," Spencer said. "The platform launches this November; we've got more content to share."

"There are other means like Gamescom [and] TGS coming that will still continue to put a value [proposition] on what we're bringing to market," he added. "The reaction, I think, is complete when the product is on the shelf and it has a price and it has a content library and consumers vote."

"And that's the date I'm looking forward to."

The Xbox One mandates users connect to the Internet once every 24 hours to authenticate games. In addition, the console supports used games, but decisions about allowing or denying them will be left up to individual publishers.

GameSpot contacted major publishers including Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Bethesda, Warner Bros., Take-Two, Ubisoft, and Konami about their stance on Xbox One used games and did not receive a definitive stance from any company.

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The-Dark-Slayer
The-Dark-Slayer

I quote Phil Spencer said gamers will ultimately vote with their wallets.yeah  you  will  see  Phil Spencer you  will see

Sonny1687
Sonny1687

I will never support this greediness, I love Xbox 360 but it looks like with Xbox one they are trying to drain out every penny from everybody who likes to play games. Also Microsoft is one of companies that is providing our personal data for "our safety" from the "terrorists" to the government. Government is monitoring everything we do with our phones, e-mails and by all other means they have access to. I will not help them put a camera in my living room. It's an easy decision for me PS4.

TokyoDreaming
TokyoDreaming

$500 for an ugly cable box with some sort of 'gaming' tacked on?

I'm good. :D

poseidion
poseidion

Phil: you can go to the shelves and pick it yourself. You won't see me opening my wallet for your green box, but rather for the blue box.

Sneaky_Potato
Sneaky_Potato

I have been an XBOX hardcore fan since day one...down with PS....but these new restrictions make me sick and completely embarrassed to even own an XBOX, I took mine to gamestop and sold it the day after E3 ended to put money twords the PS4. I just hate to see Master Chief crash and burn with them, you will be missed. And as for Microsoft, after years of loyalty you dare do this to us?? @%&# you. Do not act shocked microsoft, it is no wonder why your stock fell and Sony's stock flourished the day of the reveals. Pathetic.

philuk2000
philuk2000

xbox one already dead on arrival unless:

Access to services like Netflix, Hulu, etc don't require a paid for subscription
The current DRM restrictions are dropped
The price is lowered or Kinect is not bundled so making it cheaper
Always on internet is dropped

penpusher
penpusher

Not touching it until they drop those ridiculous restrictions :)

udmatador
udmatador

Just remember, you're renting that xbox.

BoltNinety
BoltNinety

Already bought mine. Can't wait.

BlackFalcon128
BlackFalcon128

someone needs to be fired.....specifically the guy who came up with these ideas.  

ulrik44
ulrik44

Yea i hate all wayes online and i hate ms idea of you need to do did and that i just want to play games ffs i paied for the xobox so its mine dont even try to make me pay more and rare go close your damm studio you suck big time! after ms got hands on you !

brycekoenig19
brycekoenig19

fuck allways on , get fucked thats bullshit !

BadDad001
BadDad001

Do all really believe Microsoft want you to log on daily to confirm the games are not fake, they have already stated they are going to use to gather information on what you watch for marketing purposes, it's a data gather tool, if like me you use the Xbox to play games occasionally, not a die hard online gamer, why as I have said previously would I turn it on everyday for the Internet to connect, I only wish to play games, not use the Halo TV option. Please Xbox update what you offering.

itsdanaman
itsdanaman

I have an Xbox360 and PS3,(I had the original Xbox too) I like them both, prefer the Xbox controller.  I play single player games, they are an escape and I like a story, don't like multiplayer. It seems that renting games is no longer an option with the XBone and the used game policy is going to drive up the price of games for a much longer time. You can pick up games a few months old for discounted prices and used games from services like gamefly at really great prices. Digital distribution is convenient but it will drive prices up on XBone games for months or even years after a game release. The download is almost always more than a physical copy (if you do somes shopping around). I am usually an early adopter but not this go round. I think Microsoft lost me as a customer with the no rental no loaning games policy. I sometimes exchange games with a friend and now that would no longer be an option? If I was going to get a new system based on the info so far I would go with the PS4. I will miss playing new Halo games though, I have always enjoyed them.

Atom1982
Atom1982

Seriously I don't even know why we have Fanboy's that are particular to ANY system now. Ya know what, I still play my Atari 2600 and NES! I like both systems, made by 2 different companies! There both Great! Ya know what, I own a PS3 and an xbox 360 as well - Why? cause both systems offer something different.  When these systems come out, I will probably own both as well.   For those that can't afford both systems, do your F@$King research and see what you like better instead of Flaming one company or the other.  Both systems offer different games, experiences, perks and so forth.. just do a bit of research.     

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

So if I don't turn my xbox one on for a week what happens?

Tjean101
Tjean101

I understand some of the backlash on "Always On" especially people that live in rural area without proper access to high speed internet. But, Xbox One will offer a new service that requires you to always be connected to the internet. This is Diablo 3 all over again. The future in gaming is DLC, Auto-update, and redesign and add-on. I must say that I stand by microsoft, online connectivity is a must for the future of gaming and used game market is hurting the industry. I'm not talking about the major AAA title were used game market is simply reduce their massive earning. I'm talking about small developper that barely break even, that their game create a following over time. Sadly, 80% or so of the developper revenues are made in the first 3 months, then the used game market take over and profit goes to Gamestop and other resellers. 

I can't wait for the digital market to replace the retail market. Then we can see more digital special. True game value will be set by gamers not developpers and selling used game would be a thing of the past. VIVA LA DIGITAL WORLD!!!!!

Nintendo is embracing the digital market... Midnight release of Animal Crossing on 3DS eshop.... somehow the shipment of Fire Emblem 3ds was delayed by 1 days at all Canadian outlet.... No problem just go on the eshop.... you might not have a game cartrige but always having the game on my 3DS as been a blessing.  

Beside, like the Microsoft executive have said phone thetering is all the bandwhith need in order to check-in!!! I don't like Xbox One $500 price point but Kinect 2.0 might just bridge the gap between the value of a PS4 @$399 and Xbox one @$500.

hordaak
hordaak

DAMN i am  so tired of ps4 babies just talking about always online this, can't share that. Get your system and stfu. funny, xbox peeps talk about GAMES and BETTER exclusives. Thats right, i said better games b*tches. interconnectivity. sweet ass moves my ass can make with the bad ass kinect. thats right kinnect b*tches. GAMES, EXCLUSIVES, SWEET ASS SYSTEM. better controller. oh yeah, thats right. the controller for both the ps3 and ps4 SUCK compared with the xbox controller. amirite xbox peeps? so you keep talking about how you cant share your games (you can with the xbox, just log in at your friends house). your cell phone is always online...you might have cable tv...you most likely have internet at your house. if your cell phone didnt work for one day then you would FREAK OUT. if your house internet went out, you would FREAK OUT. oh, but the xbox uses that to COMBAT PIRACY, and you trip. so...you DONT want to be connected to the internet..yet you would FREAK out if...your internet went away....oh, but you care soooooo much about those that dont have internet...go donate money to the poor then if you care about other peeps so much you hypocrite. start talking about games, start talking about integration, what other things the ps4 excels in, or just S T F U CRYBABY. PS4 converts,  you are getting the ps4 out of SPITE and you will regret it when all your old xbox friends are playing halo 5 or the other sweet exclusives and you are stuck playing the sorry ps4 games you never cared for and suck. besides, METAL GEAR, FINAL FANTASY, AND KINGDOM HEARTS IS COMING TO THE XBOX ONE HOOKERS!!!!

this ends my rant. feel free to respond to my deaf ears. 

marvelx3
marvelx3

@Sneaky_Potato YOu know, by your actions I can tell most of your life decisions are controlled by emotions and the need to belong in a crowd. 

Coyteria
Coyteria

@BadDad001 I believe Xbox one is taking advantage of the excellent next gen idea of Cloud computing. This has sparked my interest a lot and many others. I hope I see more information about the policies of Xbox One. 

bigb21
bigb21

@itsdanaman my theory on what microsoft is doing with the restriction on games is they are attempting to turn xbox live into something similar to steam. Which in my opinion will give them the opportunity to offer daily and weekly sales on games which will result in more games being sold and in the long run be a very smart move. If my theory is correct sony will not be able to compete with the discounted prices due to them not choosing to go this route.. just my opinion..

xplayer_xbox360
xplayer_xbox360

@Tobelebo9 these 21 countries are officially supported and that not means that other countries will not be able to play games, I live in God dammed Iraq and its never been supported by anything but I still can play games on xbox live and same will happen with Xbox One, Microsoft is not crazy enough to tell people from countries other than 21 countries that you mentioned go and buy PS4s we didn't made Xbox One for you!!!The problem here is Microsoft is not clear enough yet and from now until the release date so many things will be cleared for us by Microsoft!!

Tjean101
Tjean101

@Tobelebo9 where do you live Tobelebo9????  I went to China last year and Netflix din't work...eventually the system will be release in most countries.... people in Zimbabwe and Uzbekistan will have to wait??? or are they on the list of 21 countries:)

rem234
rem234

@Atom1982 Your right atom, there is a lot of cool things coming for both systems and we should love that the games for both look awesome. We dont need to hate a competitor just to think the games are awesome. 

jouleanag
jouleanag

@Atom1982 i think ppl are flaming companies and their business ethics and those of the developers that choose to side with them exclusively, kind of like the gamer super bowl, world cup, and olympics combined, we're pregaming and talking trash before the game even starts

Tjean101
Tjean101

@DCUltrapro They'll ask you to log on... and want be able to access you're content until you do!

jouleanag
jouleanag

@Tjean101 idt the backlash would have been so harsh or severe if it werent for the policies they chose to implement with the xb1 such as the kinect 2, and its capabilities, and the plans they have for whom they share the information with and why, though i do commend them for telling us at *least* but i will say they damaged their reputation a lot by making it more multi media than game focused, it may not be a bad choice and a lot of gamers love the idea im sure, i can appreciate it but it just *seems* like theyre implying something about where they want to take the direction of their appeal i hope you like my run on sentence

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

@hordaak ok that was funny, the best part that had me laughing is "feel free to respond to my deaf ears" now thats funny......

DakuhiroUzumaki
DakuhiroUzumaki

@hordaak Finally another fellow adult who understands that while the gaming companies and publishers are financially stable the developers aren't exactly in the best shape.

RIP THQ 

Heroldp813
Heroldp813

@bigb21 @itsdanaman I want to own my games and do what I please with it. If I want a game I can only play with internet, I'll use my steam account for that. What the Hell are you doing justifying these morons.....

rem234
rem234

@xplayer_xbox360 @Tobelebo9 Its also that they cannot officially say that you can buy it in other countries without adhering to the laws and regulations of those countries. However im sure a lot of places will still get them in shops.

rem234
rem234

@jouleanag@Tjean101They arent going to share your information, they have already explained that all the features of the kinect can be turned off. However if your just going to not believe what they have said, then no amount of explaining would convince you anyways.


http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/privacy

Tjean101
Tjean101

@sexyeyes79 Sounds more like your concern with the resell not owning.You will own the digital rights to play and download any of the games you've purchase for your Xbox One. you just don't own the right to resell it.

Danier19
Danier19

Fyi u can share games with up to 10 friends and up to 2 can be playing the same game online if the main owner of the game is one of them, and let say if ur not playing the game yr buddy can play it, isnt that how it works when u lend him the actual copy anyways... I think not everyone is getting the point on this.

rem234
rem234

@Tobelebo9 @Tjean101 They will have an asian release this same year they have said, but it will be a little later.

Also from what i can gather it would still be possible to play in one of the other countries, you just may not get the full services and i would imagine some places are going to get it anyways. 

xplayer_xbox360
xplayer_xbox360

@Gspote @Tjean101 @DCUltrapro hahaha all people talking badly about Xbox One and finally you'll see that Xbox One is a best selling console again because all xbox fans who will go and buy PS4 they will regret and buy Xbox One gain, for me I will buy xbox one or nothing if it not worked in my country but am sure it will work

rem234
rem234

@mtwdsl@Tjean101@sexyeyes79 

Also Im not saying this is the best method, i am saying here is the explanation.

Xbox One carries the entire game libray as a digital thing on your harddrive, and on the cloud. It needs to authenticate to make sure you dont cheat. 


Ill Explain, Say you buy a game at its launch and take it home, install it onto your Xbox One and the cloud. Then the next take take the game back and trade it in for almost all your money back. Without an Authentication of some kind you could then go back home and play the game without limit even though you sold it. Xbox One tries to give you digital access wherever you go, but they also try to give you the same options for the digital as what you have now. That requires some sort of balance though.

rem234
rem234

@mtwdsl @Tjean101 @sexyeyes79 Heres the thing Most industries have multiple revenue streams to pull from to make profit. Games have pretty much just new game sales, DLC still costs money to make.

Movies have Theatrical release (where they make a lot of money), DVD Sales, Rentals, TV Syndication

Cars (and i say this because people like to use the example) Initial car sales make a lot of money per car, Car parts and checkups also make money. 

Music, Initial sales, Touring, Royalties (make a lot)

Books (This one doesnt cost millions of dollars to make though) It has the sale of the book, Book tours, Digital versions, 

Tjean101
Tjean101

@sexyeyes79 @Tjean101 That's like complaining that I need to be connected to the internet to use a service like Facebook or to browse the internet on internet explorer. Xbox One is a connected device... my Xbox 360 as been connect it's entire life so not a big deal for myself. My sister who lives on a farm outside of town, she would have more problem... but apparently she just installed a wifi internet router.

Last generation it was HD, not every one had an HDTV and Xbox 360 games look like crap on old CRT TV's and people complain that Microsoft machine was broken!!

If you want to join the future of gaming you'll need broadband internet connection, just like you needed an HDTV last generation.

mtwdsl
mtwdsl

@sexyeyes79 @Tjean101  Sexyeyes79 has a point.  No other item besides software has this issue. Even other copyrighted items like CDs, DVDs and books.  When you buy something, you should own it, period.  You should be free to modify it how you like, because it's yours.  And, yes, you should be able to resell it when you want, for the amount you think is fair, and without any legal entanglements.  What Microsoft and devs/publishing companies are doing is a thinly veiled grab for more money.  This IS America, and we expect companies to go after the bucks, but this is a step too far.  They're hiding behind copyright laws while saying they need to get paid.  If I buy a chair, the guy who designed it, the workers who built it, and the company that sold it have no say in what I do with it once the original transaction is complete.  IT'S. MY. CHAIR.  I don't see how software is any different.  TBH, software ISN'T different, it just happens to have a set of copyright laws written for it that are outdated.   Imagine if Ashley Furniture told you that you can sit in the chair you bought, but you don't "own" it.  You can let your friends sit in it, but only if you've known them for 30 days.  And, once a week, you had to upload a pic of it to a server to show that you aren't renting out the chair, etc.  NOBODY would buy into that.  It's  ridiculous, and so is what Microsoft is doing.  Fan boys just can't admit to it. 

sexyeyes79
sexyeyes79

@Tjean101 @sexyeyes79  

I don't care about reselling.  I care about having to check in like a criminal on parole with something I bought legally!