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    It is wrong to say that Microsoft got bytch slapped at E3. Holy bat turds their presentation was boring. The announcement they did two weeks prior was much better, but left you feeling out in the cold.

    Although the box looks interesting, I’m just not really getting excited about it. Just about everything they showed the box could do, I can in some form or another on my HTPC. Nowhere near as elegrant, but the HTPC is more robust too.

    And I was not impressed with the price point. I think it’s going to hurt sales, just like it did Sony for the PS3.

    I’m sure at some point, I”ll get one. I may just wait a bit longer.


    So, huge news from Xbox today:

    Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

    For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

    Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

    You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

    So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

    An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

    Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

    In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.

    These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

    We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

    Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.

    This certainly changes my future buying decision. Muddy is the clear answer.

    Wood Ghost

    Xbox chief Don Mattrick says Microsoft heard the outcry from gamers, and changed the much-derided policy.
    From aj nelson post I think this was a good move. Will probably help sell more Xbox one units.


    At the cost of the features I wanted. I understand why they made the move at the same time I’m disappointed they bowed to a bunch of whiners when there where plenty of us that where excited. However, we where not screaming at the top of our lungs. With this change I canceled the purchase of my second Xbox One and I’ll probably cancel several of the game pre-orders and just get the 360 versions. Overall I’m pretty disappointed I’m paying $500 for a 360+ instead of something that could have changed the gaming world.


    There is no reason they cannot provide most of those features. What changes the gaming world D?

    First of all nothing stops anyone from buyng digital and with those purchases there is no reason that MS cannot provide access to your digital purchases anywhere you log in.

    Second of all there has been nothing so far that tells me there will be any big benefit to cloud being a mandatory part of each account. IF they want to prove it they should offer a title that requires a check in and online only use and then I will believe it will be something more than a promise wrapped up in a license versus ownership model. They can do this and it is the best way to show their vision.

    Next, if you really think that MS was going to allow all of us to group up into packs of 10 and then allow us to share our games I think I will have some of what you are drinking. I do not think they will let 10 of us pay $6 for the next bioshock and then take turns beating it.

    Gizmodo posted an article stating all the things we lost and it is a joke. MS can do almost all of these things anyway as long as people buy digitally, they are just saying they will not at this time. I prefer to have a disc I can give to a friend and then another friend. Who cares if it has to be in the tray.

    Now give me a one that will not require another kinect and maybe I will not choose a steambox afterall. I will not hold my breath……

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