XBox One DRM is just as bad as you feared, and worse

In a move straight out of a DRM lobbyists wet-dream, Microsoft’s policy for the XBox One is officially as follows:

With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.

So if your console hasn’t phoned home in the last 24 hours to verify that you have the right to play the video games that you’ve purchased with your own hard-earned money – guess what? You can’t play them – plain and simple. Because everyone loves always-online DRM and it worked so great for EA with SimCity recently.

XBox One DRM is hideous - but Microsoft think you'll buy one anyway.

As the 360 is my gaming platform of choice this gen (my ‘attach-rate’ is like 80 games or something), I was really psyched get a new XBox this year, but this is just the final straw for me – so that plan has now changed and been replaced with a new plan: I’m going to get a PS4, and Microsoft can get fucked.

Great job in dropping the ball and completely destroying your brand loyalty, Microsoft – you could have done something wonderful, but instead you offer us this. Sony and Nintendo corporate are going to be celebrating your failure for a long, long time.

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3 thoughts on “XBox One DRM is just as bad as you feared, and worse”

  1. I’m hoping Microsoft realises what a mistake they have made and will take that policy away, surely there are other ways of drm. Either way I’ll be keeping my PS3 and xbox360 but mainly gaming on my pc

  2. Microsoft XBone

    More like XBoned

    Was watching the E3 presentation yesterday whilst having my dinner. The whole thing crashed just as they were starting the Battlefield 4 demo. Was bored out of my skull prior to that so whatevs.

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