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Microsoft caving to public pressure on Xbox One?

By: 20 June 2013 No Comment

Xbox logoEditor’s Note: If you find the following post pointless, blame the 16-year-old son of First Arkansas News Owner/Editor Ethan C. Nobles. All will be explained. Promise.

For the past couple of weeks, the folks at Sony have had a lot of fun ridiculing the Xbox One following Microsoft’s announcement that its upcoming console would have to call home every 24 hours to keep working and that game rentals and resells would be a thing of the past.

By the way, the official nickname for the Xbox One will be the “Xbone” if there’s any justice in the world. But, I digress…

On Wednesday, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business President Don Mattrick posted an article stating that the company has responded to public feedback by backpedaling on some of its original plans for the Xbox One. In essence, he said the new system will handle gaming pretty much like the Xbox 360 does — gamers won’t have to let their consoles check in every 24 hours so that disc-based games will continue to function and people will still be able to share, rent and buy used discs.

Any downloaded games will continue to be chained to the account belonging to the person that purchased them. That’s the way things work on the Xbox 360 and — not surprisingly — that won’t change.

Microsoft’s announcement that the company is changing the way the Xbox One deals with used and rented discs came at the perfect time, seemingly. On Thursday afternoon, I was in my office when my 16-year-old son called. He was asking if our wireless router was having trouble again as he was kicked off of Xbox Live on our 360.

A quick check of Twitter revealed that he wasn’t the only one kicked off of Xbox Live — annoyed gamers were posting tweets at the rate of around 20 per second for a time.
Xbox Live down!
Indeed, Microsoft confirmed that Xbox Live went down around 1 p.m. CDT. The service was restored about an hour later. Just imagine the irritation (if not panic) that would ensue if the Xbox One needed Xbox Live to work and the service was unavailable for a few hours.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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