Well, I dont think anyone saw this coming. At least, not so soon.
Microsoft just announced that the Xbox ONE is dropping all of its DRM policies. That is, you will not need to connect to the internet once every 24 hours, and used games will be treated exactly as they are today.
I think the community at large needs to congratulate itself. Guess what, guys? We have been heard. Twice now.
This is important. I stated in my last blog that I believed that Sony's used game policy came as a result of backlash against the Xbox One (remember how tight-lipped they were until E3?), and it was met with applause. Microsoft heard us (and probably saw the reports that the demand for PS4 might exceed supply) and they have changed their ways.
These past two weeks have shown us something. For these past few years we, as consumers, have been afraid of our rights being taken away. Companies were blaming Gamestop and piracy for their falling revenue. Reports from analysts were telling us that our used games would be taken away. It was all quite appalling, and while we cried out against it, it seemed that nothing could penetrate the giant, bloated bubble that is the gaming industry.
What this has proven to us, as consumers, is that our voices actually matter. For too long we have felt ignored and swept aside. Microsofts ignorance to its own fans when it initially unveiled the Xbox ONE delivered some serious backlash, and yet it still pushed its policies on us, telling us what we want. The future looked bleak, yet when Sony announced their used game policy and everyone cheered, we sent a clear message to Microsoft: fix yourself or get out.
The Xbox ONE still has issues that need to be fixed (mandatory Kinect 2.0, for one) and I still wont buy it at the ridiculous price point of $499. But we've seen something today. We've seen the end of a war. The war between developers and consumers over digital rights. We thought it would be extending into the next generation, but it hasn't. It ended today.
Turns out, we won. And thus ends a chapter of gaming history.
Well done, everyone.