The Xbox One reverses its course on DRM, great news, right? Wrong. While part of the developer story still remains to be seen at the BUILD conference, what we have now is a console that is not too much different than the Xbox 360 (Xbox 361?) or the PS4 for that matter. Earlier today a Microsoft spokesman confirmed that
- Your entire games collection will no longer be available from the cloud.
- Playing disc based games will requite will require the disc for playback.
- Also, we will no longer offer family game sharing from the cloud.
- The sharing of games will work as it does on Xbox 360, you’ll simply share the disc.
- Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold
The Xbox One originally saw itself as an authentically digital device, and now we take a step backwards where people are stuck with their discs. When is the last time you saw a PC Gamer complaining about not being able to re-sell their used game on Steam. Microsoft was originally also allowing you to share games with up to 10 friends. Imagine a family where a Dad and his two sons want to play Halo against each other. With the Xbox One, they would only need one copy of Halo, now with the changed rules, they need to buy three.
made a nice list of some possible scenarios that would have been possible with the Xbox One, but are not longer.