Microsoft: If You Don't Like Our DRM, Buy Our Old Console!
Company Seems Tone Deaf to Consumer Complaints
Microsoft recently alienated a huge portion of their customer base
by proudly proclaiming that their new Xbox One game console would be rife with all manner of DRM restrictions, ranging from the inability to normally trade games -- to a ban on game rentals. Showing a certain tone deafness to consumer concerns, Microsoft's Xbox boss Don Mattrick proclaimed that if users don't like the fact the Xbox One makes you check in online once every twenty four hours, they can buy Microsoft's old console instead
"...until you use it, it's really hard to understand what all the advantages are." For those who don't have an Internet connection--Mattrick brought up an example of a person living on a submarine--he pointed out that the Xbox 360 is not going away anytime soon. "Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360," Mattrick said. "If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device."
Unfortunately Microsoft keeps forgetting there's more than a few people for whom three day ISP outages are not uncommon
. Those people also have another option: and it's Sony's Playstation 4
. Microsoft doesn't quite yet be taking consumer anger seriously, but again, they're going to have to walk back some of these restrictions significantly (particularly game rentals) unless they really want to flush their current market lead down the toilet.
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|reply to KrK |
Re: This isnt Coke or Pepsi
said by KrK:I'm a long-time, original C64 owner as well. I agree with you, however...
Coming from a long time, original C64 owner..... A sad thing has happened. Almost all C64 software was abandonware and expiredware and basically freeware available from many sources on the Internet.
Most C64 software was never actually freeware unless the copyright holder released it as such. Abandonware and expiredware aren't actual legal definitions.
It's true that the companies probably didn't care, but technically, it still wasn't legal.
said by KrK:Thankfully, I still know of many sites where most all C64 games are available for download.
... and then some publishers found out they could still make some money via emulators, ports to new consoles and tablets etc.... and suddenly, they "re-acquired" the copyrights to these 30 year old titles.... and suddenly the copyright takedown BS began, hitting enthusiasts and nostalgia buffs alike. I've even had gameplay videos on Youtube where old C64 SID tunes were playing in the background removed on copyright grounds.... because some jerks have uploaded the pattern matching garbage claiming ownership to these "songs"....
I even helped preserve one previously unknown game myself, Star Battle by Saturn Software. It's a Star Raiders type game that I bought directly from the author through a classified ad in a magazine many years ago. You can find it on GB64. It hasn't shown up on any other 'ROM' sites that I know of.
said by KrK:I agree.
Our copyright laws are absolutely INSANE and completely unjust.
|reply to xenophon |
About 5 years ago, I decided that soda would never pass my lips again, because it is poison. Well DRM is poison too, and Sony and MSFT have it in spades. They are now simply Coke and Pepsi, nothing more. They even use the same ingredients-- HFCS - x86 processor. Do you think Sony, the king of DRM tomfoolery won't turn the same screws as MSFT? I know you guys know history and know better. These are NOT benevolent entities like your yoga instructor, they are some of the biggest anti-trust scumbags on the planet.
There are no winners here, they both suck and I won't be purchasing either, because to me they are now just Coke and Pepsi, and I don't do pop anymore.
What did I lose? 10 lbs and no cholesterol pills. I'm thinking a similar benefit from leaving these wall-e inducing devices on the store shelves...
intellerSociopaths always win.
Love how flippant the guy was towards deployed troops.
"if I was on a nuclear sub, I'd be disappointed.""
Be THANKFUL SOMEONE IS on a nuclear submarine, protecting the world from ignorant, elitist fucks like YOU!
"WHEN THE LAUGH TRACK STARTS THEN THE FUN STARTS!"