Microsoft backtracks: Drops daily check-ins, used games restrictions on Xbox One

By Jos ยท 69 replies
Jun 19, 2013
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  1. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    NTAPRO Still early days. Console costs significantly more still. Have to wait and see what is launched.
  2. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    They removed family sharing and share digital downloads with friends I hear.
  3. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 355   +72

    Sony can be trusted though!

    What planet have you been on in the last ten years?
  4. Now how about 'em price tag???
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,291

    Naturally, because it was all part of their DRM system. They've had to yank the whole kit n' kaboodle because they don't have time to properly recode the whole thing before launch. I fully expect the family sharing and whatnot to be re-introduced this spring.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    I doubt it lol.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    That's right Microsoft, now to remove the kinect to make way for the price reduction (will need to be a serious reduction here in the UK) since your machine is of lower spec that Sony's and you might be onto a winner!

    To all that don't trust Sony, I see where your coming from, but hear this, they have CLEARLY listened and learnt from the ps3 I think they're worth a second chance.

    Once Microsoft go back on the whole "you need a publisher" policy so indie devs can get onto Xbox live arcade then Microsoft is making real head way. Glad to see someone at Microsoft goes on the Internet to read potential customers feedback! I was starting to wonder if everyone at Microsoft had been blocked Internet access...
  8. Wulfgang

    Wulfgang TS Rookie

    Great 1st step, now to do away with the requirement of the Kinect being connected. Not in this lifetime am I upgrading my daughter's 360 to Xbox One with Kinect.
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  9. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    This sucks. I'm buying a PS4!!!
  10. Maybe they'll listen about Windows 8 as well? One can hope... :) Either way it's a happy day, as the consumer wins today!
    cliffordcooley and SantistaUSA like this.
  11. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Now reduce the price.
  12. Microsoft is including the Kinect with the Xbox One, that's why it's $499 compared to Sony without the PS Eye at $399. That's why there is a $100 difference between the units. Not sure but I feel the Kinect unit is better than the PS Eye in both quality and features.
    m4a4 likes this.
  13. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    They should call it now xbox720. MS please #DeaLWithIT
  14. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,657   +1,095

    Better late than never. It's a huge win for those who wanted and xbox. I still don't know what the hell MS was thinking during E3. The amazon poll where it was 18 to 1 in favor of PS4 must have really made them think again about their policies.

    But it's still an uphill battle. The damage has been done; it's still a more expensive console with less power and an expensive skype camera than most people don't want ^_^
    I for one still won't buy it. (not that will be able at launch even if I wanted since they aren't releasing it in most of the world)
    Burty117 likes this.
  15. Sony changed their policy on installing Linux when that was a huge selling point.

    Um, the install other OS option was not used by more than 5 or 10% of PS3 owners at best.... not a big deal. Not being able to play any games without internet, not being able to sell games you purchased..... Huge deal.
  16. VrsTech

    VrsTech TS Rookie

    MS can't be Trusted!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have to find another way to make money somehow to make up for it
  17. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    So, I take it you're an iPhone user than. I mean, if you subscribe to the notion that companies can never be wrong and have unprecedented access to a magical crystal ball than go ahead. There is a way to give feedback and there is a way not to. I don't think of a company as a deity just because I use their stuff. Everything can always be better and there is a much better way to express that.
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

    I personally have never had an Apple product period and no thats not what I said.
  19. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Then what was your argument? Because I've only seen that line of logic from an Apple customer. Was it that I should let the simple people call names and throw out one liners and let the big boys do the heavy lifting?

    If people bitched right, Microsoft could really be saving face right now and giving us those other features at or very shortly after launch AND getting rid of online DRM.
  20. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Here's a radical idea.... ditch the XBOX1 and PS4 and just buy a PC and hook it to your TV. Then you get the best of all worlds - whatever OS you want, no discs, digital downloads, unlimited sharing (some legal, some not), record whatever you want, higher resolutions, better graphics, wider variety of games, and more!

    For $499 (XBOX price), One could built you a PC equivalent to the XBOX1/PS4 and hook it to your TV and use a logitech gamepad (basically a PS4 controller). You'd probably never know the difference if one put the right boot screens on it. For another $200-300 (mostly in the CPU and GPU upgrades) you could get a PC that blows these consoles out of the water.

    Still can't figure out why people buy consoles at all, let alone spend time arguing about which has better features. Fear of PCs? Ignorance of how to build a PC? Worried of bugs/hacks/viruses/crashes?
  21. At insect

    People buy consoles because of the exclusives that come out for them. In addition, some people prefer the quick setup and controllers. The reality is---despite the strong and powerful PCs that a lot of us have built, most games still do not take advantage of the extra power. And the reality is, better graphics don't always equal better game play. The good thing about having the new consoles come out is that developers will finally start to use the extra power which will hopefully translate to games on the PC that finally do use the power that the Keplers and AMD 7000 series can pump out.

    For me, I've been playing more on my PC lately and I love the better pricing on it as well. If a game comes out for both PC and one of the consoles, I usually will buy it on PC. Again, there are some great games that come out on the consoles that we'll never see on the PC e.g., Halo, Gears of War, God of War, Uncharted, Final Fantasy. And I am still enjoying my 360 and PS3. Can't wait to play the Last of Us.
  22. SexyMan

    SexyMan TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Consumer wins if there are competing products!
  23. So where the hell is a win 8 start menu then, they listened here.
    avoidz likes this.
  24. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    I wasn't planning on switching to a console anyways, but the Xbox One wasn't a bad idea at all. They were basically trying to move to what Steam is doing, which people would've loved. People just didn't understand it and threw a fit. Granted, Microsoft didn't present it that well. They should've figured out a way to highlight the advantages instead of letting random bloggers and other clueless writers blow it up into something it never was.
  25. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    The answer is simple. If you don't like MS or Sony's stance then don't buy either. It's what I'd do.

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