Small Group Of Petitioners Request That Microsoft Restore The Xbox One To Its Former Self
It was bound to happen at some point, wasn’t it?
A petition has come up which requests that Microsoft return the Xbox One to its former self, restrictions all in-tact, in order to deliver on features that were initially promised but have now been put to bed.
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The petition creator, David Fontenot, states:
“This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty.
We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.”
In case you’ve been in a coma the past two months or so, here is a comprehensive timeline that details the PR mess the Xbox One caused. It gives an objective view of it rather than my rage and hate.
Now onto this petition. I could chuckle and move on. I could make a joke out of it. I could attack it.
Instead I’ll just say this.
Yummy features like the Shared Library do not require always-on DRM and some of those other restrictions and complicated rules in order to work. I am almost certain that Microsoft will announce the Shared Library at a later stage to win back brownie points, and it can happily apply to digital games.
Those like me who argued against the former Xbox One never wanted to stop “progress” or whatnot. But there was plenty about the machine that console gaming is just not ready for yet. And there was plenty that was blatantly unnecessary, like the removal of offline play.
The petition currently has 138 signatures, and needs 200 for some reason, as apparently that will be enough to make a statement larger than “I like pie.”