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Xbox One’s DRM Explained

Xbox One’s DRM Explained

The Xbox One has online DRM. But what does this mean, and why isn’t it as big as deal as you might think? Shaxster explains.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since the publication of this article, Microsoft have made the shocking decision to completely backtrack on their DRM policies, which are now exactly the same as the Xbox 360’s. Whilst the factual information in this article is no longer correct, we feel that the points raised and the evaluation made still stand, therefore we will not be removing the article.

People have been very upset about the Xbox One’s Internet requirement. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, what Microsoft has said is that your X1 must connect to the Internet once every 24 hours, as a form of DRM. Most of us know this. What there seems to be a lack of, unfortunately, is any other clarity. Twitter has been rife with misunderstandings clouded by rage, and facts have been difficult to come across. So it’s time to inject a little sense into the gaming community: Let’s explain the Xbox One’s DRM.

WHAT IT IS

Your Xbox One must connect to the Internet once every 24 hours for you to play it. This doesn’t mean you have to turn your console on once per day. If you leave it off for more than 24 hours it will just re-authenticate when you turn it back on.

The connection is required to transfer a few kilobytes of data: there is no major upload or download going on here. So your Internet speed shouldn’t matter at all.

If you don’t connect, you will not be able to play your games. You will still be able to use the X1 as a DVD and BluRay player, and the Live TV features will continue to work.

WHY IT’S THERE

Microsoft have been shockingly unclear about why this DRM is actually needed, but I think I’ve figured it out. To explain, we first need to look at the X1’s discless and shared library features.

Here’s how the game buying process is going to work: Go to shop. Buy disc. Insert disc in console. Game installs and links to your Xbox Live account. Throw disc away forever.

That’s right, you don’t need the disc for X1 games. After that first install, you can get rid of it forever, if you’re not sentimental. Discs are now only needed to circumvent long downloads from the Xbox Live Games store, and this is part of the move to an all-digital future. Understanding that games are now discless is a key part of understanding the DRM.

The second thing you need to know is that Microsoft has implemented a shared library. All of your Xbox One games are available for download on any X1 console you log into. Go to your friend’s house, login, and you can download and play all of your games (disc free, of course). Better yet, you can link up to ten other ‘family’ accounts to your main account, and all of those will have the same access to your library from any console. Of course, Microsoft can’t distinguish between your family and friends, so I expect most of those 10 slots to be taken up by friends.

Here’s the catch: you can’t access your games from multiple consoles at the same time. In the same way that with a disc only one person can be playing at a time, in our all digital future only one person can access the game library at a time (some conflicting reports are saying two people can play at once, but those are both unclear and irrelevant to this discussion). That’s to stop people from only buying games once among a circle of 10+ friends.

Microsoft have to figure out a way to enforce this, of course. How do they do that? By forcing you to connect to the Internet every 24 hours. This way they can check that you’re not playing on multiple consoles at once,  which is a clear violation of the Terms of Service. I assume that Microsoft have chosen 24 hours as the requirement as it’s a fair balance: long enough to be reasonable if your Internet goes down, but not so long as to let you complete a shared (technically illegal) game in the time you’re offline.

If this DRM wasn’t there, this is what would happen: I would sign into my account on a friend’s console. I would download my games. I would then unplug his console from the Internet so that the X1 couldn’t ‘phone home’. Once I got back to my console, I’d start playing my games as well. In this scenario, we’ve got any number from 2 to 10 people playing the same game at the same time. You can’t do that with a disc, and you can’t do that with the X1. The DRM is the only method Microsoft have to make sure you’re not doing this.

WHY IT’S NOT A PROBLEM

If you think this 24 hour requirement is a problem…get over it. This is the world we’re moving towards. It’s the world that iTunes and Steam have helped to create. If we want an all-digital future (and many of us do), then the DRM is a necessary consequence. Gamers have been begging for games to go discless for a long time now, but now that it’s here they can’t deal with the implications of it. You can’t have your cake and eat it, folks.

More importantly…this shouldn’t inconvenience you. We live in a very well connected world. If you’re one of the minority in the Western world who doesn’t have an Internet connection that is even a tiny bit stable, and lack any cellphone signal for tethering…I hate to say it, but sucks to be you. The X1 isn’t made for you. It’s made for those of us who do have Internet, those who want to make use of the shared library features, those who love the idea of discless gameplay. To be frank, we shouldn’t have to sacrifice this all-digital future (one that many of us so desperately want) just because you aren’t lucky enough to have Internet. To demand such a thing is selfishness at its highest level. As Microsoft have put it over the last few days, if you don’t have an Internet connection then the Xbox One isn’t for you.

 

Conclusion

Hopefully this clears things up, and has gone some way to explaining why Microsoft have implemented this DRM. Over the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of misinformation largely resulting from a knee jerk reaction to Microsoft’s policies, and a lot of the hate MS have been getting is unjustified. I for one am looking forward to the Xbox One: whilst it’s not perfect, it sure as hell ain’t the devil’s console.

  • fisherdr

    My biggest concern with this is something you brought up:

    If you leave it off for more than 24 hours it will just re-authenticate when you turn it back on.

    My Internet connection isn’t exactly rock-solid. It may not be up when I decide to turn my X1 back on after leaving it off for more than 24 hours, and it means I’ll have to wait for it to be back up in order to play it. I live in Seattle, and possibly due to my stability of connectivity, the X1 isn’t for me.

  • fisherdr

    Physically selling disks is a major revenue stream for publishers, console manufacturers, and retailers themselves. We’ll eventually get to a point where physical disks are no longer an item, but we’re not there yet. I will say that if that was the case, this news probably would have been much better-received.

  • DudeBro1990

    Depends on the Ipad game I suppose. I have quite a few that need updates and have online interaction, but again, you had to go online to get them in the first place, and you can not in any way share your games you purchased digitally on the Ipad (legally)

    So its ok for Steam to kill game ownership? (Which I in no way think Xbox One or Steam kills game ownership)

    You are essentially saying, well Console gamers use consoles and not Steam so that doesn’t count. That makes 0 sense. I know a ton of people that use all three platforms, PS3, Xbox, and Steam.

    You can spin any company into saying its for greed.

    Why did Sony cut the sharing usages from 5 to 2????? Cuz they want more people to have to pay for the games, ya greedy bastards!!!

    I really dont understand how you can enable digital game sharing of a single license on any service without having some sort of online check in. If you know please tell me. The only way I know is, having to check in.

    You could take the Sony route and just simply give the user 2 licenses, but I would much rather be able to play and share my games with 10 people vs 2.

  • doa766

    updates on the ipad games might fix issues or add content but they are not required to play them, ever

    also the answer to the question on your sixth paragraph you can find it in your own seventh paragraph, even if you incorrectly think that it’s illegal to share games on the PS3, it does work, and not only that, it works perfectly within the boundaries that Sony dictated (5 consoles before, 2 now) no one can get around it and install games on 10 PS3s from a single account, and even more it works WITHOUT PERIODICAL ONLINE CHECKS.

    To share games from a single license the only check needed is at the time of the install/download, the PS3 system activation features takes care of all possible abuse.

    And I would much rather share my games with 2 people and still own the game the old way and play it from the disc and be able to sell it, trade it, lend it or take it anywhere I want and play it from the disc, than share my games with 8 extra people

    are you telling me you wouldn’t trade 8 sharing chances for the ability to own your games for real like it has always been on consoles? asked a question

  • DudeBro1990

    THe issue is…thats 10 copies of the full version of the game that can be played at any time. That would KILL the game industry.

  • doa766

    why do risk it then? if there was a poll about choosing to keep the 360 model or change for what MS all so you can share games, what do you think the results would be? I-m betting 95% in favor of the old way, so you disagree?

  • DudeBro1990

    You are right, but that is because the world isnt used to Digital benefits. And I totally would trade the ability to trade discs for digital sharing. I know a lot of people that live far away that play games I never got around to or couldnt afford to buy. I and many others I know would play so many more games than before.

    To me it comes down to the games, and if I can play more of them and share my games with my friends that live far away, as well as no having to worry about discs anymore, sign me up.

    It could also lead to cheaper games.

  • doa766

    these friends that are far away, do they have fast internet connections? because downloading more 10 gbs if you don’t live in a major city can take week or more

    the digital benefits that you are talking about are not real, no other company than MS does the sharing and in their case it’s only a bribe that will convince very few people to give up game ownership just so they can make more money cutting the middle man, like I said, if MS would be cutting the prices to translate the saving of cutting the middle man to the gamer then it would be another discussion, but they are not doing that, they do it only for greed

  • Iwishiwishiwasafish

    Well, actually, you can do that, while you’re playing your games on PS4, you can let people take control of your game, so yeah, your point is a bit invalid, Dudebro.

  • DudeBro1990

    Every single one of them has fast internet, and a few even have Fios.

    How is the family share not real? Unless Microsoft is just saying its there and then suddenly it not there and they never say anything about it again. Which will not happen.

    It is not a bribe, its a different approach, just as the Ipad and Steam are different approaches.

    You cant say that they arent cutting the prices. The system isnt even out yet, and I dont expect them to cut day 1 prices, because not even Steam does that. Its the few weeks after that are important. But no body can say that they will or will not cut prices, all i said was that it could, and we have seen examples already on Steam.

    I do not find Microsoft greedy in any way, and in fact ive saved hundreds of dollars with the 1600 point package with new games. Ive bought over 10 games from Microsoft store and each one came with 1600 points. thats $200 in free content. Doesnt sound like greed to me.

  • doa766

    Steam has much lower prices than retail on day1, also MS already confirmed that first party games will cost 60 dollars on the X1

    the main benefit of digital for the consumer is lower prices, which is not happening, so they bribe people with the game sharing but no one else does that because consoles are still retail business

    a couple of comments before when I asked you about an hypothetical poll you pretty much admitted that you are in the very minority opinion in this matter, correct? then do you believe is fair that a potential 100 million costumer market should not cater to your opinion?

  • Iwishiwishiwasafish

    I like Fish

  • DudeBro1990

    Most games are not cheaper on Day 1 on Steam. If you pre order sometimes you get 5 bucks off (which amazon does a lot on disc based games, as well as best buys $20 coupon), but 98% of the time they are the same as retail.

    Again, I never expected day 1 prices to be cheaper, like I said before, its the price a few weeks later, which is when Steam prices drop a lot.

    You cant call it a bribe…its not a bribe in any way. Its a different approach. If you dont like it, that doesnt mean its bad.l I hate android phones, does that mean its bad? No, I just dont buy it.

    I find the benefits of game sharing, as well as my account holding onto my games vs discs is a huge plus for me. I got robbed and lost not only over 100 360 and PS3 games, but all of my saves, yet my Steam games and library were in tact. Thats amazing that now in case something bad happens again to my discs, I am ok. THats a great benefit, not a bribe.

    Signing into any console any having my games is another great benefit, not a bribe.

    Game sharing, not a bribe.

    I do agree if you poll people and say hey look at this they would be like yea ok whatever. But if you actually show the benefits and explain them then the poll would be around 70-30, but in time as people get their hands on the Xbox One, the benefits will become more clear. Same thing happened with Steam. People bitched and moaned for weeks, then when the benefits started happeneing, people were like ok, yea this is worth it. So why would this be different?

    Again you cant say lower prices arent happening. you can say that launch prices will not be cheaper, which they still could Microsoft said retail prices are not changing they didnt say digital prices would be the same.

  • Kreator

    Grab any of your PS3 games and read the User Agreement that is printed in the owners manual. We do not own the software, we lease the experience. The User Agreement makes it clear we can not sell the game, rent it, lease it, etc. Until recently there really was no way to enforce the Agreement. Digital Downloads enforce it which is why we don’t get an ISO to keep and make copies of. The XboxOne has a very nice feature that allows us to store all of our games on the HDD and not have to keep the disc in the drive to verify we have the game. In order to do this, the system needs to make sure we didn’t trade the games or sell them to someone else. This is the 24 hour check everyone is bitching about. Without it, game sharing and having a digital library are useless. We are not selling “our rights” since we never had thematic to begin with. Our rights are outlined in the User Agreement that we all seem to convieniently choose not to read or believe!

  • doa766

    again, you are in a very small minority opinion but where you’re confused is that you think you hold such opinion because you are more informed and once other people are educated they will join you

    needless to say, that’s arrogant and in this particular case dead wrong, gamers are very informed on this matter and know all about Steam, and digital vs retail, the problems of DRM, and other related topics and THAT’S the reason they’re dead set against it and they won’t change they minds, you can already see it in preorders, which are US only and they’re two to one, imagine then the rest of the world which s pretty much Sony’s market when it comes to core gaming

  • DudeBro1990

    I am not a small minority. LIke I said I know a ton of people that are buying Xbox One’s and PS4’s, because of the games. Which always matters most.

    I dont think I hold any opinion that is better than anyone elses, so back off. Dont tell me what I think and how I feel. THe fact that you have the audacity to call my opinion wrong shows how arrogant you are. I am simply stating the benefits to me as a consumer. Which if you think you are somehow a better consumer than me, well then thats just dumb.

    Its been fun debating, but when you start insulting me I am going to be the bigger man and walk away.

  • doa766

    I was only quoting you:

    “But if you actually show the benefits and explain them then the poll would be around 70-30, but in time as people get their hands on the Xbox One, the benefits will become more clear.”

    you said that you understand the benefits right now but most other gamers will need further explanations and some will not get it until they actually get the console

    am I wrong? how is that not arrogant?

  • Escopablobar

    What an elitist bunch of drivel. You have done nothing more than regurgitate the bile that has been spewing out of Microsoft’s ass for the last few weeks. Get this straight. There are no consumer benefits to DRM. There are no consumer benefits to destroying the rights to ownership and resale of purchased, physical media. Progress and advancement are not lost on me and I do welcome an all digital future but I am savvy enough to realize it is not viable today. Today we have infrastructural issues in the US and across the world that would exclude large numbers of current gamers…gamers loyal to the Xbox brand. Unlike you I am sympathetic to their situation. You speak of selfishness but of greater concern should be your heartless disconnection from what is at the core of gaming…COMMUNITY. The community includes those who can and cannot game online. I remember when gaming was niche and stigma. Through it all we stuck together in arcades and on the periphery of social acceptance. I would not sacrifice any part of that community for my singular benefit. But, ultimately no one is being forced to buy this thing. It is not a necessity. I just wanted to show you that supporting the X1’s exclusionary and draconian features for near term benefit is more selfish than someone without internet desiring to play Halo.

    And PS4 allows you to have your cake and eat it too. Day one digital and disc resale anyone?

  • Carlos A. Santiago

    What this articles dont explain is that whe you buy a game its very much like renting that owning on this system cause you wont have ownership of this games and if i want to play offline and dont want to connect o wont be able to play my own bought games like before. He compares it like itunes , movies or steam but its not real comparison in the music or movies category cause i can transfer those movies or songs to any device and still play them offline, ANYWHERE. i prefered the way it was with the Xbox360 cause it makes you put the disc to authenticate the install game and that was fine and i could play offline but with this and i’ve been playing since ATARI, (yeah im a little old) its very much anti-consumer and plain old GREEDY! I personally will not buy a $500 console for the sole purpose of renting games and have no ownership of them and if any of you say that i can still have the media side, well thats why i have a PC, a smart TV and plenty of other media devices that can take care of that. Maybe in the future when it drops a lot in price, wil get it just for exclusives and thats it but most of my money or very much all of it will go with PS4 since they are still keeping it real for consumers and giving me ownership of the products. There are many ways they can implement this DRM strategy without affecting the consumers. This time i think Microsoft lost touch of consumers and didnt reach a medium satisfaction. we will be paying more for games like they are new but it will never be ours with this digital ways and this is just a little too much. good night everyone!

  • Prem

    Only 10 copies of the full version of the game can be shared? that is still a restriction. Why cant it be same like this gen

  • Michael Wilbanks

    No thats Sonys TOS actually. Has been since they removed linux. With xbox you own two copys, the one on your disk and the one in the cloud.

  • day of the daz

    I get people being upset, but this will be mainstream within the next gens 1st year even sony will copy. in a generation of streaming films, downloading books and music how this is so bad baffles me! I have a kindle with 100s of books on and I feel like I own them same will apply to me if I buy an xbox one. I suspect a lot of people are pissed off because a chipped or modded xbox one isn’t a possible option. Sony played safe and probably smart by keeping it the same and then phasing drm in bit by bit but in the end xbox and ps4 will be the same. Iam not a big ms fan but they don’t deserve the battering they are getting for being up front and saying ” this is the situation its not great but its got other benefits” as opposed to Sonys ” we will say whatever you want to hear but long term we will do what we please( once you’ve paid up of course)”

  • djdsf

    Because we would go back to the whole “I don’t have internet in my house that’s in the middle of the woods” problem that people have with the 24 Hr checks and some would not be able to buy games as well as not being able to download them because of data caps as well as some people that like to use cash at times and don’t want to use a cradit card for one reason or another.

  • djdsf

    I think the PR disaster that everyone is talking about was caused by people putting different scenarios on the matter, like: “What if my dog chews on the cable and then licks the router so I can’t connect and I burned my game disk, will I be able to play then if I don’t get online?” Granted that this is greatly exaggerated, some people felt that this was their problem and it was not being handled with a straight answer to that question, so everyone just started complaining on twitter, it snowballed out of hand and MS could not put out all the fires caused by the people themselves. Still, at least n some plain English we can try to understand it in this article.

  • djdsf

    Are people retarded? Yes. Do we need some new type of bird flu to kill some of them off? Probably, but regardless, one way or the other, people need to learn to live with new things.

    Does the DRM affect everyone? No, not really, some of us can’t live w/o internet. I for one have dragged my 360 (since launch) to 9 US states and 12 different countries and in some way or another (even in little cheap motels) I’ve managed to connect to the web. When I moved to Florida from NY, I lived in an apartment that had the internet problems with some providers, but within literally 2 days of me moving there, I got the internet hooked up, bough an air mattress, a TV and a wireless router and was online playing on my 360 as well as my PS3. If there is a will there is a way. Plus is not like you are completely locked out of playing your games.

    Physical media is something people like because it’s there but just because it’s in a “cloud” somewhere, it does not mean that you don’t own it. Yes, you physically can’t hold it, but if you actually read the long agreement forms that people just accept online, it says that you own the rights to the music you buy, the movies you buy, the games you download and etc regardless of what happens to the parent provider, and it’s the same thing here, MS is not going to magically delete or steal your games away from you, it just needs to make sure you are not a dick that pirates stuff, which is the reason we are here in the first place.

    If people actually bought stuff instead of downloading torrents or ripping movies the world would be a better place. Yes maybe the Xbox one is not for everyone but there is no need in hell to get so butt hurt about it, there are millions of ways to get online now, even a cheap $45 mobile router you can buy from any of the phone companies so there is no real excuse not to have even a 5 minute window to the internet.

    Also, last time I’ve watched TV has been about maybe a year + ago, so I’m looking at the Xbox One as a gamer, not as a person that will have any use for the “extra features” and I see nothing wrong with it. If I was able to get internet in the middle of a tiny little island in south America, explain to me why you won’t be able to get internet inside the US or Europe?

  • fordgtguy

    That isn’t sharing the game that is Gaikai and it won’t be available even at launch.

    You cannot play that game separately by yourself.

  • fordgtguy

    Are you really dumb enough to think you actually own the games you buy even the physical ones on a disk?

    Why do you think it’s illegal to modify or copy and resell those copies? Because you do not own the actual game and this is the same for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4.

    No the first sale doctrine doesn’t cover it because every game you buy is done under a licensing agreement that basically says your have the ability to play this game as the owner.

    We have never owned these games we own disks or digital copies with the license to play them.

  • fordgtguy

    Sharing games is definitely not more convenient than on Xbox One.

    The fact that you need to give someone a disc to share them makes it automatically less convenient. The Xbox One requires no physical requirements other than a internet connection to share your games.

  • fordgtguy

    You know for a fact what you’re talking about here is completely different from actually sharing your games. Xbox One is going to let you share your games with 10 other people no matter the distance and no matter the Xbox One they use.

  • fordgtguy

    The system is completely different, what Xbox One is doing could easily be exploited without a online check.

  • fordgtguy

    Jonathan it’s sad to see someone that has basically been twisted by lies and misinformation.

    Any Xbox One in a household can play any game that has been activated on a Xbox One in that internal network. So yes your son can play all his games and your games on any Xbox One in your house and doesn’t require to be part of your ten friends.

    Renting is something being actively worked on and they have never said it won’t happen.

    The idea that you think you can buy a game and get a full refund is just funny, this doesn’t happen on any system. You cannot just go “oh this game sucks I want all my money back” and just get the money back you should have played a demo or waited for reviews first.

    However any game on Xbox One that you’ve bought with a disc can be taken to Gamestop and traded in as a used game just like on the PS4.

    You should really do some research before insulting others like you just did, you make yourself look like a child.

  • fordgtguy

    What about your brother that is at college 500 miles away how will he play your PS4 games? Oh wait he won’t but if you both had a Xbox One he could play any of your gamers when he wanted to.

  • gamerguy

    For the Author: Fuck you, you TWAT! I’m not getting over it, why the fuck should I?! I’m not a fucking retard like u are! Why the fuck should I have to ‘licence’ games instead of OWN them ay? Fuck me, the level of intelligence of some of u is actually staggering! PS4 all the fucking way you moron! Best console and most importantly BEST GAMES – the main reason to own a console, that and, oh wait – OWNING GAMES!!

  • NukeWaste

    This doesn’t bother me at all. Get off your axx and get a job. No Xbox necessary. I have an old Wii and never play it. I won’t waste money on a Microsoft box just to have it sit there also.

  • Jim

    Then poor pauper, it will be you losing out.

  • Jim

    This has been the case since the NES days to my recollection. Read the fine print in the manuals or license docs. You ever always only had a license to the software you played. The only thing you owned was the data container.

  • Swerve121

    I’ve been saying this same shit for a while. I own all 3 so I would be ok.

  • BillyHoWCR

    Where did you get the information of “Any Xbox One in a household can play any game that has been activated on a Xbox One in that internal network.”? I see this as not being accurate.

  • CT Williams

    DRM and 24 Hours is a problem and it can be done in my opinion in a different approach. But honestly speaking I have other issues that I don’t agree with first always connected Kinect I don’t use it so I don’t need it but if I’m force to buy it with my console that’s fine as long as I have the option to not connect it to my system. But Microsoft won’t let you do that and to me why not? explain the reason. Second a 500GB drive is insane if I have to install every game purchase that can potential be anywhere from 5GB up 20GB depending on the game because Bluray disc stores up to 50GB of data and to not allows us to upgrade are hard drive is also stupid please explain to me why not what will happen to my console nothing its storage space it’s not running an OS like a PC. I can keep going on other areas that M$ just keep doing but why bother it goes on deaf ears.

  • BillyHoWCR

    Point with the internet and the kid not knowing he needs it? Pretty confident some form of “Internet Required” is going to be labeled on each game and the system.

  • BillyHoWCR

    True in some aspects but don’t negate your argument for Xbox One by presenting false associated data. Steam though requires an internet connection to initially download the game… most games with Single player gameplay can be played without having to connect to the internet.

    So the “Steam makes you go online all the time as well” statement is not accurate.

  • Dr_Monsngod

    Uhm. If you own a ps3 you can use several different accounts, for example a friends. Log in on his psn, download all his shit, log out and everyone can play the same game, from the same account.

    am i wrong? Have they changed this?
    trying to spin the whole “game sharing” thing on XBO is kinda desperate in my eyes. Sure you cant with disks, but psn has a big digital library

  • redavutstuvader

    I think your explaining something that was illegal and they put an end to it

  • Kaya

    This is one of the most short sighted ‘MERICA’ articles I’ve ever seen. I hate to tell you this OP, but the majority of people living on earth have very limited access to the internet or no access at all. What Xbox has done is alienate the majority of the planet.

    It’s awesome if you live in a connected country, but price point and once every 24 hour connection means the majority of the planet would choose a PS4 over the Xbox.

  • Phil

    So why haven’t Microsoft argued this? how come Microsoft keep saying the 24 hour check-in is to update their “persistent” worlds? It certainly can’t be for updates and downloadable content if it’s only a few kilobytes…Why can’t they stick with: “it’s to authenticate the games being played/shared because it’s an entirely digital library”? What are they afraid of?

    And yet again, I don’t understand why physical media has to have digital restrictions. These digital restrictions are currently in place for downloadable games on the PS3 and Xbox 360, while physical media behaves the way we’re used to physical media behaving: you access the content wherever the disc is.

    I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it: if Microsoft want to promote digital games (which is not a bad thing, it has it’s advantages) then they should either have gone for an all digital console (which I would have understood and respected) OR do the obvious thing and make digital downloads more appealing and offer more advantages over purchasing physical discs. Steam encourage people to use their service by providing a wide library of games with discounts and deals, they don’t need to place restrictions on physical discs to get people to use their service (well, unlike Microsfoft, they can’t). That’s why it feels forced.

    It STILL doesn’t seem justified to me why Microsoft should restrict the sharing of physical discs, other than wanting to cut out the used game market. Downloaded games can be added to the “shared games library” while physical discs should remain ON THE DISC. Again, this would become an advantage to downloading games instead of buying the disc. But that isn’t the case, because the truth is Microsoft just want to cut out the used games market. That seems like a logical reason why they would go down that route, (which you oddly didn’t mention in the article). It’s just like Sim City 3 at the end of the day: they place an online requirement because they want to reduce piracy and used games, so they need to authenticate the game you own, but they’re too afraid to stand up for their decision, so they make excuses like “it’s for sharing your library/downloading updates/gameplay features” which no one buys because it simply isn’t true.

    I for one do not want my console to move to an all digital system. How long is it going to take for these games to download once you log into your friend’s console? Bare in mind the Xbox One uses blu-ray now. No thanks, I’d rather either download the game and keep on my console where I can access it instantly, or buy a disc I can take to a friends house, pop it in, and play, regardless of connection. Sure, I need a connection to download games on my mobile, but I only ever play mobile games where I’m somewhere that won’t allow my mobile to go online (like the underground). Thankfully, gamers like me DO have a choice thanks to Sony. And those who want an online-only console can buy the Xbox One :)

  • Phil

    Agreed. To be fair, a shared games library is a fantastic feature, so why was it never mentioned at the Xbox One’s reveal? Because they only added it in after as compensation for the initial backlash against restricted sharing. All those leaks surrounding the Xbox One turned out to be true, but there was never any leak that had anything to do with a shared games library…

    …well, at least it’s there now, but I’ll definitely be holding off from getting an Xbox One until I see what’s what.

  • Mariusmssj

    “So your Internet speed shouldn’t matter at all.”

    I thought it was clear that the lowest speed required was 1.5Mbps

  • Phil

    I think you’ll find people DO have a right to call you, or your opinion, “wrong”. Whether or not you ARE “wrong” is a completely different matter, but they certainly have the right to say it.

    “THe fact that you have the audacity to call my opinion wrong shows how arrogant you are” Wow, so let me get this straight, anyone who says you’re “opinion” is “wrong” or “incorrect” is arrogant? You say you like to debate, but how on earth can you debate with anyone if they can’t call your viewpoint wrong? What kind of debates are these?

  • Kevin Malone

    Great article. Saying it like it is!

    I’m one of those people you’re talking about, one of those people who has been pining for diskless, all digital gaming. Over the course of the Xbox360 generation i couldn’t help but grumble at my big collection of scratched disks that I had to gett off my ass to load into the tray.

    MS has pretty much delivered everything I could have asked for with the X1… couldn’t be more impressed, actually.

    when I shove my PS4 into the HDMI in… THE ULTIMATE GAMING MACHINE!

  • Carlos A. Santiago

    Well for starters lets not be the ignorant guy here, ok, copyright been like that since the Atari games. I very well know that I own the physical media and not the data but since I own the physical media I can lend it to anyone and resell it without any ones consent or the publishers consent since its my own disc but at the moment you get a X1 you will have to let them know every 24 hours that you still have it and at the moment you sell it they will block it from you or to however I sold it to because its registered to my account in which it hasn’t been pirated or copied, its still in the physical media so there is nothing illegal about it but they want you to get rid of the fair trade and friend sharing system by controlling everything and that is why I said is very anti-consumer and greedy.