Neoseeker : News : Microsoft's One Mistake: Pressing reset on the Xbox One's aspirations of a digital future
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Huntereb Jun 19, 13
lol Microsoft's "One" mistake.

I laughed.
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THM Jun 19, 13
It's too arrogant of Microsoft to introduce those stupid policies in the first place, now the marketing team and budget team for CEO desperately want to 'reset' the console...

Now, they see the light at last, but they've a long road ahead...bring Halo 5 in 2014, and I'll consider Xbox One...otherwise....forget about it. PS4 is the most appropriate choice even for Xbox 360 gamers like myself!!!!!
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Darknet Jun 19, 13
I guess I'm in the minority when I say "I'm not very happy about this". Everyone heard a horse running with the used game policy and online connection requirement. When in fact what you heard was a zebra. While everyone's eyes were covered in tears as they kicked and screamed on the floor like a four year old in a grocery store, I saw what Microsoft was really trying to do: make a console of the future. Digital games that you could download beforehand and unlock at midnight, thus avoiding midnight releases. Huge sales of beloved games that eat your wallet up. All the love I have for XBL and it's services combined with a digital market on par with Steam. A system that would try to give something to customers AND developers by protecting their product while still giving us a good deal. It was the higher, tougher road, that was a hated decision which I thought would have a good outcome.

My only hope is that, as bluexy put it, that they replicate Steam's success without including their failures. I hope that I still get what they envisioned while pleasing the bitchers and moaners.
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Slash Jun 19, 13
"PC leading platform for game sales the world over"
Are you sure? I don't mean Indie games, I mean AAA games don't they do terrible compared to it's console counterpart.

Oh and If I wanted my purchases to be 100% digital and more like Steam, I would buy/upgrade a PC not a console. I'm glad they're not following the Steam/PC approach.
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Arames Jun 19, 13
The thing about Steam at the time was that it didn't really have any competition. They had more time to build up the market and reputation. The Xbox One doesn't really have that luxury since this directly effects their sales and given the reactions on the internet, if they didn't at least make that concession, the PS4 would probably dominate the market in that first year or so.

That being said, the PS4 is probably still going to outsell the Xbox One.
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Ncjpr1993 Jun 19, 13
quote Slash
"PC leading platform for game sales the world over"
Are you sure? I don't mean Indie games, I mean AAA games don't they do terrible compared to it's console counterpart.
Maybe at a full price launch, but with Steam's ridiculous sales going on all the time it's hard to pass up games you might not even play. Of course, I haven't seen a single sales figure to support either side, so this is speculation.
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bluexy Jun 19, 13
Slash Just as an independent platform, i.e. PC vs. PS3 vs. Xbox 360. Not PC vs. Consoles.
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Rich Jun 19, 13
Even though they reversed things, I'm worried about what crap they might pull in the future if I do buy one. After they sell enough of these they may start slowly reinstating some restrictions again in the future. I like console gaming because it's simple and easy, pop in the discussion and bam you're playing. PC gaming got expensive and complicated after awhile.
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Darknet Jun 19, 13
The digital sales market is a bountiful market filled with money. But it's a tricky market to tap in to. Gamestop has tried to tap in to it with very little success. EA tried it as well with Origin and that was a failure too.
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bluexy Jun 19, 13
Rich That's a worry I didn't address in the feature. I think everyone can agree that Microsoft isn't the sort of company to just trash everything and hope for the best. Nah, they've got plans to reintroduce things. Hopefully they take my advice and do it from the ground up with the consumer in mind.

I don't think you or anyone has anything to worry about in terms of being forced into digital distribution. If the console starts with disc-based ownership it's extremely unlikely it would do away with that. If anything, it'll try to create a combination of disc-based and account-based ownsership paradigms.
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Slash Jun 19, 13
quote bluexy
Slash Just as an independent platform, i.e. PC vs. PS3 vs. Xbox 360. Not PC vs. Consoles.
Could you tell some of these titles?
I just checked some titles from this gen Skyrim,GTA IV,Battlefield 3, Dark Soul,Bioshock series,and Mass Effect Series. All of these titles on the console outsold the PC versions, even as an independent platform.
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Darknet Jun 19, 13
bluexy

I think they will stick to the plan of all games will be digital. But games bought digitally will be tied to accounts. Basically what the 360 is doing now but expanding their digital market to everything.
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SpartanNinja Jun 19, 13
quote Slash
quote bluexy
Slash Just as an independent platform, i.e. PC vs. PS3 vs. Xbox 360. Not PC vs. Consoles.
Could you tell some of these titles?
I just checked some titles from this gen Skyrim,GTA IV,Battlefield 3, Dark Soul,Bioshock series,and Mass Effect Series. All of these titles on the console outsold the PC versions, even as an independent platform.
Ironic given most of those titles looked and in the case of BF3, played better on a decent PC.

Still I kinda agree cause aside from Skyrim I got all those on the PS3.
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DedValve Jun 19, 13
This is actually a perfect opportunity for Microsoft. If they spend the rest of the Xbox One trying their damnest to gain consumer faith through (even more) decent sales, very consumer friendly practices and slowly bring them into a digital only era without being extremely anti-consumer about it (a 24 hour check in was necessary because...?) and not require an extremely high tech camera that monitors your every move and cannot be removed that is essentially useless outside saying "xbox on" (boy if only power buttons existed!) gaming wise, I can see the next Xbox be much more easy to sell.

Everything they've done with the One has been horrible in terms of marketing, even worse in terms of respecting the consumer. Now they are backtracking I wonder if it's too late. Lets not forget that Microsoft has repeatedly prove time and time again that the only time they ever truly treat consumers is when they have no other choice, the moment they regain control they'll go back to their devious ways. I unfortunately don't see this changing, I can't trust Microsoft and it'll take A LOT of goodwill to prove that they can change. And it's imo, something they won't keep up for long sadly.
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