Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy Hurt Him Personally

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer told Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb during his latest podcast that last summer's controversy about Xbox One's DRM hurt him personally.

Spencer also said that he knows Microsoft could have done a better job communicating this last year.

"I believe in why this company builds products. It's one of the reasons why the whole thing around last summer with Xbox kind of hurt me personally so much," Spencer said. "Because I know we build Xbox for the right reasons. We didn't completely communicate it the right way; some of the decisions maybe didn't land or weren't the right decisions and we changed some of those. But this a company that has the resources to really do things that change the world."

Spencer has acknowledged in the past that some of Microsoft's Xbox One policy decisions announced last summer were "wrong."

Spencer also teased that Microsoft has major plans for PC gaming in the future.

"On the PC space specifically right now, we're doing some PC-specific work that I'm really excited about," he said. "We're probably still months away from showing it in any major way. But it's nice to see us getting back to our roots at Microsoft Studios because we started as a PC developer."

You can check out the full podcast here.

Source: GameSpot


Comments

Re: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy ...

I fear that they will try to restrict Windows OS in the way that Apple's does and then we'll have to find a new one that lets us use OUR PCs they way WE want to. Let's hope that the Steam OS comes together nicely.

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Re: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy ...

..... what?

 

You do know Apple has another OS aside from iOS (which is locked down due to being for mobile), right?

And you can install games/apps from any source, with no problems? I mean yeah it has an App Store, but theres nothing stopping you from buying direct from publishers or from Steam, GOG.com, Origin (LOL) etc

 

Oh and before you even bring it up, yes you CAN restrict the OS to only allow App Store purchese. But it isnt on by default, its an option. By default it allows any app that is signed, and you can change that to any app either on a case by case basis, or full time.

 

..... also what does this have to do with the friggin' Xbone?

Re: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy ...

It feeds into a general mistrust of Microsoft's intentions and motivations.

Re: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy ...

"Gee it's weird.  We spend years trying to lock down more and more things with DRM, and for some reason people just don't trust our good intentions!  What a kooky world!"

Re: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy ...

Games For Windows Live One? A new ad-centric Windows touch interface? Or maybe Windows will be subscription based? The future gets me so excited I just can't wait.

Re: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy ...

"Games For Windows Live One?"

KILL IT!!!! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!

Re: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy ...

I am sure that he meant the comments about their new attention toward PC gaming to be exciting but as a PC gamer it only leaves me worried for what new DRM or "social" nonsense they have decided we need to have shoveled onto us to make our platform more "interconnected" and "exciting".

Re: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy ...

Oh, good, I'm not the only one that got a sense of deep foreboding.

 
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