Microsoft Lifts Restrictions on Xbox One
Microsoft has seen the error of its ways and is now lifting it’s restrictions on the Xbox One after many gamers revolted in anger by boycotting Microsoft’s next gen system in favor for the more user friendly Playstation 4, Sony’s next gen system.
This is happening in the wake of a PR nightmare Microsoft has faced in the past month with the Xbox One’s “always connected” policy as well as it’s “used games” policy.
In a hope to become more competitive with Sony, Microsoft hopes lifting these restrictions will bring some gamers back to purchase the new Xbox One system scheduled to hit shelves this upcoming November.
Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One does need an internet connection for the initial system setup, but after the setup the next generation system does not need an internet connection to play games. The console is also no longer required to make a 24-hour check in.
This is to also make-up for another nightmare at the end of E3 when Microsoft’s President of Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattick, stated this not-so pleasing comment.
“Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360,” said Mattrick.
Despite these changes Microsoft has stated that their Kinect requirement for the system has not changed and the price for the new Xbox One still has a price tag of $499 retail on day of release.
Do these changes put Microsoft on a more competitive and equal footing with Sony? Are these changes too little too late? Will Microsoft change the Kinect policy in the future? Will $100 make a difference in your next gen purchase decision?
Microsoft has heard the public outcry and they have listened…to some extent.
Here is link that containts the statement from Don Mattick on the newly announced changes: http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update