Microsoft announced revised policies for the upcoming Xbox One console after the backlash on social media reached a deafening level. People have taken to calling it the Xbox 180.
When the company announced gamers would be required to connect to the internet at least once every 24 hours, fans were irritated. After Microsoft revealed used games would become a thing of the past, players blew a fuse. And rightfully so. Microsoft seemed hellbent on restricting every aspect of the experience, a fact which they apparently regret.
“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments, and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One,” the company said in a recent statement.
After folks pitched a fit over these features, Microsoft decided to remove them from the Xbox One. Gamers can now play games offline without having to connect to the internet. What’s more, used games can now be enjoyed on the new machine. The console will also be region-free. But are these changes too little too late?
Once you bite the hand that feeds you in this industry, it’s hard to say you’re sorry. Gamers don’t like to be toyed with, and only time will tell if Microsoft can make amends to those they’ve alienated. Below you’ll find a handful of tweets on the subject, both form those who commend and condemn the company.
These folks clearly weren’t impressed with the news.
Still won’t be buying an Xbox One. The fact that Microsoft considered those restrictions a good idea in the first place has put me off.
— Arnie (@ArnieEtc) June 19, 2013
Ehhh. I think it’s still not quite enough to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. Xbox One still a meh, regardless of superbacktracking.
— David Shute (@davidshute) June 19, 2013
The Xbox One still has a slow long climb to become the Console we all WANT it to be. Hell its got a while before its on PS4’s level.
— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) June 19, 2013
However, others seemed a bit more optimistic.
find it proper good that microsoft have listened to us and now we can buy disk games for xbox one and sell them etc. #xboxone
— ΔΓΒΕΝ (@justarben_) June 19, 2013
The collective voice of gaming! “Microsoft reverses Xbox One online check and used games policies following backlash https://t.co/Y4OtC21Tye”
— Tareq Big.T Ferrah (@makuta09) June 19, 2013
OMFG. Thank you Microsoft!!! Definitely getting an Xbox One now. This has made my week. I’m excited.
— Veronica (@Vero_the_Veggie) June 19, 2013
Then there’s this guy.
Xbox One no longer requires a daily online check in but now once a day it will find you and extract a sample of your DNA
— Diabetus (@The_Betus) June 19, 2013
What do you think about Microsoft making some unexpected changes to the Xbox One?