Microsoft on Wednesday said it is backing away from some strict digital-rights-management policies that were poorly received in the videogame community, Ian Sherr writes.
Those policies included forcing restrictions on selling used games as well as requiring the forthcoming Xbox One console to connect to the Internet once a day. In a post on Microsoft’s Xbox Wire site, Don Mattrick, who runs the Microsoft unit in charge of the Xbox, said Microsoft was dropping those restrictions. ”We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds,” he said.
He continued: “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.”
The reversal comes barely a week after Microsoft watched Sony bask in the cheers of E3 participants over its less-restrictive DRM policies Sony created a web video poking fun at Microsoft’s lending restriction. The positive reception at E3 even caused Sony to bump up its sales estimates for the PS4.
Source : WSJ.