Pure arrogance! This is the face of the new MS!!!!
With gamers still smarting over the company’s $499 pricing announcement for the Xbox One, the head of the Xbox division has ruffled more feathers in addressing concerns about the system’s demand for a internet connection.
"We have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity - it's called Xbox 360," Don Mattrick told Geoff Keighley on GameTrailers.
Link to story: Microsoft to gamers: No internet? Buy a 360 | Games Blog - Yahoo! Games
it's starting to look great on the family sharing front!
here's what we knew before:
How Games Licensing Works on Xbox One
Buy the way you want—disc or digital—on the same day: You’ll be able to buy disc-based games at traditional retailers or online through Xbox Live, on day of release. Discs will continue to be a great way to install your games quickly.
- Access your entire games library from any Xbox One—no discs required: After signing in and installing,you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud. So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.
- Share access to your games with everyone inside your home: Your friends and family, your guests and acquaintances get unlimited access to all of your games. Anyone can play your games on your console--regardless of whether you are logged in or their relationship to you.
- Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games. You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.
here's what was just added to the details:
Microsoft defends the Xbox One’s licensing, used game policies | Ars Technica
It's a "family" affair
Since its announcement, there has been some confusion over the details of sharing your Xbox One game library with up to ten "family members." Mehdi couldn't give comprehensive details but he did clarify some things.
For one, a family member doesn't have to be a "blood relative," he said, eliminating the extremely unlikely possibility that the Xbox One would include a built-in blood testing kit. For another, they don't have to live in the primary owner's house—I could name a friend that lives 3,000 miles away as one of my "family members" Mehdi said.
You'll be able to link other Xbox Live accounts as having shared access to your library when you first set up a system, and will also be able to add them later on (though specific details of how you manage these relationships is still not being discussed). The only limitation, it seems, is that only one person can be playing the shared copy of a single game at any given time. All in all, this does sound like a pretty convenient feature that's more workable than simply passing discs around amongst friends who are actually in your area.
so let's play this scenario out:
you are allowed up to 10 people per family list. you can choose who are your 9 family/friends. you have access to the whole gaming library of each family member. let's say person A owns 10 titles. person B owns 5 titles. person C owns 15 titles. person D owns 10 titles. that's 40 titles of games you can plan with the restriction being the game can be played by one person only simultaneously. now, expand this to a full list of 10 people and their entire gaming library. if you and your friends are clever, you can evenly buy different games and have a nice library.
someone went back and looked at the terms and how it could be restrictive and arrived at this conclusion: it appears to restrict it as if one of your "family" is accessing your library, others cannot access your library during that time. meaning this... person A owns 10 games. person B owns 5 games. person C owns 15 games. person D owns 10 games. if person B is playing a game on person's A list of games, person C and person D cannot play a game from person A's list. however, that means person C can still play the games from person B, person C or person D. And between the 4 friends in this example, they should be able to figure out how which of the 40 pooled games to play without conflict. So even is this is the restriction, it would be a boon for a person to have access to each other's games. Now stretch this out to the full 10 person list and wow, that's a nice library. But I can laugh of the possibility of people going, "oh, you don't own enough games to be on my family list"
Microsoft is already trying to eliminate the distinction between disc and digital. Once you install the disc, you no longer need the disc. And once you install the disc, you have the digital equivalent. And if you go play at another Xbox One system at your house or another house, you can play that digital game at whatever location (though of course, you have to either download it to that location or bring the disc with you to install it).
lots of ways this could be restricted. maybe there's a time limit so that once you add a friend to the list, you cannot add/remove him immediately to prevent people constantly switching the list to play something else. like the license transfer which can only be switched once every 4 months on the 360. if there's a time limit, you might be inclined to save some slots for the future.
Looking at this generation, many friends groups bought games together. the peer pressure factor to play the same game together. now, it's easy to say that if 10 friends each buy different games, everyone places nice and decides who plays what to not bump into the 1 person limit. but really, Kingdom Hearts 3 come out and friend B really wants to play it but friend A is busy with it. Is friend B going to really wait until friend A is done? most likely he's going to buy it himself. and most of the games are multiplayer. friends will not want to share a multiplayer game. they want Call of Duty, they'll buy CoD even if it's possible to share the game.
if anything, I can see this family list as a way to entice people to buy more games. would you add a friend to that list that never buys games? of course not. I'm not having leeches on my list. I'd expect anyone on my list to buy at least comparably to me or to at least a respectable manner in line with their abilities. now, I understand people have varying levels of income but if they're my friend, I'd have some sense of what they can afford and I would definitely take that into consideration. one of my friends does the Gamestop rental (buy the game, beat it up for 7 days, then returns it for essentially a free 7 day rental). while I love playing with her, I'd definitely leave her off my list. does this design favor the rich? well, what system doesn't favor the rich? real estate speculation is mostly driven by the rich. and Microsoft and its partners would love to see that money. And another thing. If you and your friends are smartly buying different games, that essentially means a wider range of titles are being bought which can only be good for publishers since right now in the current market, it's the biggies that get the most sales while the lesser advertised games get the remaining crumbs.
Well, it seem like the majority has spoken.
Amazon thrilled by unprecedented preorders for Microsoft's Xbox One
By Michael Archambault, Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm
Yesterday, Amazon.com announced that they were blown away by a record breaking number of preorders for the Xbox One. The company noted that within four hours, they had sold through most of their Xbox One Day One Edition inventory.
John Love, Director of US Video Games and Software at Amazon.com, stated that:
“We were thrilled by the unprecedented demand we saw for Xbox One today. In the first four hours of preorder availability, we sold through most of our Xbox One Day One Edition inventory. Customers eager to get an Xbox One should visit our store at Amazon.com/xboxone to ensure they keep up-to-date on the latest information. We are excited to be working with Microsoft to deliver the next generation of games and entertainment”Despite harsh criticism for Xbox One’s need to check in online, inability to trade used games, and always on Kinect policy – the system is selling like hotcakes.
Anyone, besides me, preorder an Xbox One yet?
While I have never made a habit of coming here and bagging Win 8 or MS, for me, this is pretty-well the final straw from MS.
Looks like Win 8 will be the last product of theirs that I'll purchase.
This X-box One shambles, then the offensive and plainly ignorant comment by Don Mattrick, coming on top of their continued refusal to listen to Win 8 desktop users, and Sinofsky's 'smart' (not) remarks leads me to the conclusion that nothing will improve till the whole current management team is gone, including Ballmer.
But by then, so will I.
MS has screwed the pooch one too often for me. Obviously customers are now nothing but cash-cows, and it's all about the money. Well, they're not getting any more of mine, and they've only themselves to blame.
I'm voting with my wallet, and it's screaming LINUX! at me right now.
Why should I be expected to show loyalty to a company who obviously has none for me?
EDIT: No, I do not own an X-Box, and after this I never will.
Not even if it was free.