Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
I will defend their game sharing policy. If it ends up being like they say it will it is huge. Yet for some reason that is one of the primary points that MS is ridiculed on. I don't understand why. You can buy a game and then one of the ten people can play it at the same time as you on a different device. That basically is cutting the price of the game in half since to do that today you'd have to purchase two copies. Though just watch...game prices on the Xbox 1 will double.
Everything else I will have my torch and pitchfork flailing wildly, though.
Oh...and I wouldn't worry too much about the poll. The majority of customers for either of the new consoles are just going to be people who are walking around the store and say, "Oh? A new (insert console of choice here)? Mom can we get it? Please? Pleeeease?".
Heh, though the numbers are rather staggering. I think it is even more damaging to MS that the poll isn't up any more.
I think the negative reactions are a result of more than just the restrictive DRM. Steam's hugely popular with PC gamers, and its DRM is just as restrictive.
The ire, as far as I can tell (and for me personally) comes from Microsoft's history of essentially screwing over its legitimate customers while to trying to fend off pirates (who are going to thrive either way) and their arrogance and public relations fiascoes they've displayed over the past several months.
There's also the fact they've aimed this console directly at the (massive) casual demographic (I say casual, but it's even less specific than that. XBone is as much about ESPN and Twitter as it is about gaming). By their own admission it isn't a gaming console, but an entertainment center ("For your living room!"), and that's pissed people off. Most gamers, I'd wager, couldn't care less about having ESPN and Netflix accessible from their console. But instead of making their console more friendly to the gamers who've been buying it (and its games) for ten years, they've cluttered its interface with ads, and generally turned it into a difficult-to-navigate pile of bloatware with a laggy friends list underneath (oh yeah, and it costs $50/year).
Again, all these things on their own, if done by another company, might be overlooked. But given Microsoft's history of being greedy and heavyhanded, even with its legitimate, paying userbase, well, it's already sown a lot of distrust.
Again, as I've said in another post, their model might make sense from a business perspective, but as usual their way of communicating it publicly is painful to watch.
Their executives need to stay away from public view and they need to hire a proper PR team, for a start.