Now that all the emotional brouhaha is over, the dust is finally settling.
Despite the enormous negative reaction to Microsoft’s DRM and Always On policies, both the PS4 and Xbox one are accumulating unprecedented number of pre-orders. So that bodes well for next generation gaming on a whole. This fact was lost though, in the firestorm of fury over the last week or so. Why? Because too many people were trying to get the last word in debating who sold more, who’s gonna win and so on with fanboy rancor that made it apparent some people’s feeling were really hurt by Microsoft’s apparent poor showing. Just because Sony out shined the competition, in no way means Microsoft didn’t have a stellar presentation as well. So lets get POSITIVE about this.
Bottom Line, It Stunk
The most controversial thing Microsoft did was attempting to add DRM to disc based games. Long story short, Xbox consumers were furious, they started a revolt to the point where a an unofficial Xbox blogcaster reported some people even canceled their Xbox Live accounts over the controversial policy… Really?
Microsoft Does a 180 or is That a 360?
As a result, Microsoft in short order changed their DRM policies back to the way gamers wanted it to be. You’d think this would have made everybody happy? It didn’t. There were folks so upset that they even defended the new policy despite not being too excited about the addition of DRM in the first place. Confusing eh? Some people were so mad, they called their fellow Xboxers stupid and its all their fault. I hope a civil war does not break out in Xbox user land. Sure Microsoft got a little egg on their face but it is no where near a deathblow.
Nobody Likes Flip Floppers
You make a decision you should stick by it. A few people expressed to me that the turn around by Microsoft came off as a sign of weakness, and that the company has doubts about the strength of their product. While some others felt that Microsoft could have pulled it off. “If they’d stuck to their guns” an anonymous Xbox fan said to me, “They most certainly have a great line up of games.” I personally have to agree, especially in regards to the exclusive Titanfall which looks like its going to make waves. This supports those folks that felt Microsoft had enough going for them that it would overcome the DRM and Always On policy. A fair point indeed.
The Microsoft 180 (pun intended) on initial XBox One DRM policy, showed that they despite being an enormous Brontosaurus sized company, can be nimble like a Velociraptor and more importantly not tone deaf as Sony has proven to be at times. This rapid responsiveness to its consumers will go a long way to inspire/reaffirm brand loyalty just like when they did the right thing in regards to the Red-Ring-Of-Death debacle.
Did Somebody get the Plates on That Truck?
Nobody and I mean nobody saw this policy issue exploding the way it did. It inspired a debate like never before and sickened some to their stomachs, literally, but it was one that had to be resolved. The massive reaction from the people proved it had to be discussed despite what you or I think alone. Its a community thing and its democratic, so no oligarchs can impose their rule.
I Do Have an Opinion and Its Positive
Xbox One has a brighter future now that it doesn’t have the DRM cloud hanging over its value proposition. It would have been in the forefront of a lot of buyers minds causing hesitation. Meaning they have the competitors value proposition in mind as well. With clearer skies people can now focus on Microsoft’s strong upcoming line up of games. Littered with very few sequels yet bursting at the seams with a slew of exclusive original titles. Also throw in the improved social and media capabilities, along with exclusive ties to NFL and a Spielberg production and its hard to think that this mix can’t win a lot of love from hardcore and casual gamers as well as heavy TV viewers that want a more interactive TV experience. Yep, Microsoft and Xboxers got picked on by the media a bit in the past few weeks. It even cause a huge divide, but I hope everybody is seeing what I see… a bright future indeed for Xbox One.
PS: If you wire your brain to focus on negative things, all you will hear or see is negative things despite any good presented.