Microsoft may have shot itself after revealing the official policies of the Xbox One; internet connectivity, Kinect, used games and privacy. Three documents extensively talks about how each of the points would be deployed in next gen gaming.
Microsoft’s desire to stick with the compulsory DRM stirred up gamers world-wide who took to twitter to ensure that Sony doesn’t follow the unpopular path of Microsoft. Even if Sony had considered the total implementation, the “PS4 no DRM” twitter campaign was enough to prevent Sony from making any mistake that would make the company struggle as it did when the PS3 first launched. Sony has since addressed the DRM issue, PS4 won’t have compulsory DRM, but publishers would be entirely free to use their own proprietary DRM, similar to what is obtainable in current gen.
Microsoft has enjoyed a successful current gen cycle, thanks to Sony for almost ruining the PlayStation brand with arrogance and much more PR on “The Cell” rather than games. It has been a while already and Sony has learnt and survived from their mistakes, but will Microsoft be able to survive next-gen? The console’s reception has always been negative right from the moment it was unveiled. It was even reported that Microsoft’s stock fell immediately after the Xbox One was revealed.
Microsoft’s Xbox One would require an internet connection at least once a day to ensure it functions properly. This idea of Microsoft has thrown gamers and critics off-balance as it brings to an end the purpose of a standalone console. Microsoft is clearly telling individuals, military personnel’s living in remote areas and most especially Africans where internet connection is very inconsistent that; “screw you, you don’t deserve to own next-gen gaming”.
“Let’s say you leave your console behind for more than 24 hours, maybe for a weekend trip or a weeklong vacation, and when you return, for whatever reason, your Internet’s not working. If I understand this correctly, you won’t be able to play games on the console until you solve your connectivity issue.” Time’s Matt Peckham lashes out at Microsoft.
The internet has consumed the Xbox One with a lot of negative PR and fanboy hates. The company may have been hit with the worse gaming media back-lash in history. It was reported earlier that Microsoft hired people to make positive comments about Xbox One on Reddit. News of this nature proves that Microsoft is under enormous pressure, and it would need more than just positive comments on Reddit to revive a gaming device that many think has died even before hitting the store-shelves. E3 2013 would give Microsoft another chance to redeem the image of the Xbox One. The company needs to prove that the Xbox One isn’t more of an entertainment platform than a gaming platform.