Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One Used Games, Connectivity Requirements

June 13, 2013 -

When asked by CVG if Microsoft plans to change course on its "connect once a day" requirement and policy on used games for Xbox One, Microsoft executive Phil Spencer said that his company's stance on those issues is fixed and "definitive" - at least in the short term.

"..we wanted to set our policy as it is for Xbox One in clear terms so that there wasn't ambiguity in what our stance was," Spencer told CVG. "That was our intent."

As for listening to user feedback and making changes, Spencer said that the console will evolve just as the Xbox 360 has over the years. He is essentially saying that Microsoft would not rule out any policy changes based on market trends.

Over at Polygon, Spencer said that the popularity of online play is one of the reasons why the company is not too concerned about the Xbox One's "once a day" connectivity requirement. Microsoft sees an ecosystem where everyone is always connected all the time. Of course all they really need to do is look at their own sales numbers to see just how many of the consoles they have sold are not connected to Xbox live that often or at all. We don't know what those numbers are but we imagine that they are higher than most people think they are...

Source: Polygon, CVG


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Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

It's kind of comical that in this situation the ambiguity he mentions would probably sell more units than their current head-in-the-sand stance. This is going to be a bad holiday season for MS.

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

Well I guess if they have "no plans" to listen to consumer complaint I guess I have "no plains" to buy any of their shit.

The worst part is this won't really lower the revenue Microsoft gets from the Xbox One in the long-term. Despite what a poll might say the majority either don't care or don't know, and probably still wouldn't care even if they did.

The PS4 isn't without it's problems but people still suck it up because they deem it as the "lesser of two evils". This isn't politics. You're not voting for a damn President. If you don't like something speak up and bitch!

Well that's what I'd like but we all know boycotts never work in the gaming world and hell, if every company is like Microsoft they'd probably tell us to "suck it up" anyway. Because that's what makes good business! /sarcasm

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

Spencer said that the popularity of online play is one of the reasons why the company is not too concerned about the Xbox One's "once a day" connectivity requirement. Microsoft sees an ecosystem where everyone is always connected all the time.

makes (a little bit of) sense when it's put that way. hell, very few people know that Steam's offline-mode has a limit of two consecutive weeks.

of course, any sense made is thrown out the window if the presence of a game disc is irrelevant to all legality checks. if they won't change that, then they should forgo discs altogether and go 100% digital distribution

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

I agree. They would've gotten flak for going entirely digital, but it would've been less flak than this.

Wouldn't have made any difference here(*), as I still wouldn't get one, but I think overall, they would've been much better off.

 

(*) I trust Valve more than I trust MS. I *still* don't have a Steam account.

 

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

"We don't know what those numbers are but we imagine they are higher than most people think they are" Journalism isn't really supposed to be about telling people what you imagine to be true. I don't like the MS policies but if you're going bash them do it with facts.

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

If the Windows 8 debacle taught us anything it's that Microsoft listens to it's customers about 10 months too late.  

By the time they try to right this ship it will already have an iceberg wedged in it.

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

their loss then, they will see massive losses as a result of this, exclusives or not.

Halo crapped the bed when bungie left (well.. moreso when bungie stopped caring) and Gears is just getting old.

Whats left to hold them up?

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

Rob: No plans on buying One.

@MechaCrash: I agree. I think they're too deep in and their pride will prevent them from changing it. I hope they're in for one heck of a fall.

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

You'd think, but again, Xbox is only a drop in the bucket of profits for Microsoft, made up primarily of Server and Office licenses.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

OK, their entertainment division is headed for a fall :-P

 

Re: Microsoft: No Plans for Changing Policies on Xbox One ...

This is why I was not impressed when I saw that Major Nelson was "listening to our concerns," because I knew that their answer would be "tough shit."

 
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