Microsoft has backtracked on how the Xbox One will handle used games and offline play, following weeks of backlash.
Is Microsoft’s Xbox One digital strategy as forward-looking as the company claims?
Microsoft’s problem is that Xbox One is built for games-as-services, even though single-player, offline games are very much alive and well.
Microsoft ripped the Band-Aid off during its press conference at E3 2013
Microsoft’s clarified used games policies have pros and cons — but mostly cons.
You can watch movies offline indefinitely, but games require 24-hour checkups.
While the Xbox One is all-new from a technology standpoint, it also feels like a continuance of the ideas that Microsoft has been adding to the Xbox 360 since 2005.
Xbox One will be Microsoft’s eyes and ears in your home, but that only increases the company’s burden to safeguard our privacy.
With Xbox One, Microsoft’s moving to secure its place as your living room’s de facto media hub — with or without games.