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Xbox One: Petition To Microsoft Aims To Restore What Was "Promised At E3"

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Xbox One: Petition To Microsoft Aims To Restore What Was "Promised At E3"

It seems Microsoft can't do anything right. A new petition has emerged, clamouring for the return of the digital services that Microsoft had touted for the Xbox One at E3.

You know, before they made that huge u-turn.

Here's the blurb from the petition as it stands currently:

This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty.

We want this back. It can't be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.

The petition, and kudos to the organisers for the nod to Arrested Development, actually echoes certain sentiments we expressed in a comment piece a little while back, and indeed Carl and I lamented Microsoft's all-or-nothing approach to the situation on Game Buzz a few weeks back. Namely, that Microsoft jettisoned an opportunity to begin dragging this industry towards a digital future.

Of course, they screwed it up royally, and hit the reset button. Which isn't really a solution either.

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JonLester  Jul. 10, 2013 at 16:27

What's stopping them offering sharing on games you buy digitally on Xbox Live? Seriously, what? Not only will they get that infrastructure in place for when gaming go discless down the line, but the silly full RRPs will suddenly become a lot more attractive. They plan to release all games on XBL day-and-date with retail, after all.

Perhaps the intense heat is getting to me (this could well be the case!), but I can't see a downside here. Disc games are unchanged. Xbox Live games get sharing. What's the problem?

EDIT: Not sure if a petition is necessary here. Save your energy for http://www.dealspwn.com/report-losing-microsoft-points-raise-xbla-game-prices-147478 , folks...

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DrTrouserPlank  Jul. 10, 2013 at 17:18

I don't know whether it was reported here, but leaks from insiders indicated that the "sharing" mechanism was nothing more than allowing 10 "family members" to play a 1 hour demo of your game with the option to buy it when time ran out.

It wasn't as some people rather delusionally thought, that 10 people could play the full RRP game you have bought for free without ever spending a dime.

Breadster  Jul. 10, 2013 at 18:00

I don't know whether it was reported here, but leaks from insiders indicated that the "sharing" mechanism was nothing more than allowing 10 "family members" to play a 1 hour demo of your game with the option to buy it when time ran out.

It wasn't as some people rather delusionally thought, that 10 people could play the full RRP game you have bought for free without ever spending a dime.


I didn't even think that was a leak, I thought it was just common knowledge. Almost certain I've heard it in interviews. I don't really care what Microsoft decide to do now anyway, I've already decided to get a PS4, mostly just because of the price, but also because I've just gotten sick of Microsoft lately. Not just because of their drm stuff, I've been having some problems with my live subscription and their policies and support are just terrible.

Quietus  Jul. 10, 2013 at 18:32

These people seem to be missing the point. What was rallied against was an always-on console, the pre-owned restrictions, and the restrictions on lending / borrowing, and nothing to do with digital distribution at all. And they're calling us misinformed?

ODB_69  Jul. 10, 2013 at 18:35

I don't know whether it was reported here, but leaks from insiders indicated that the "sharing" mechanism was nothing more than allowing 10 "family members" to play a 1 hour demo of your game with the option to buy it when time ran out.

It wasn't as some people rather delusionally thought, that 10 people could play the full RRP game you have bought for free without ever spending a dime.


I wouldnt call a post online by someone claiming to work for MS a 'leak from an insider'

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