Microsoft’s Worst Day



Microsoft went ahead and released a royal crapton of “bad news” today – most likely in an effort to get this information out so they won’t need address it on stage at E3.

I’m going to run through the items and give pretty brief descriptions, and then I’ll make sure that there are some additional links if you want to read on elsewhere.

The Games (Licensing, New Games, Policies):

  • You will be able to purchase your games in a brick and mortar store, or directly online.
  • You will be able to access your games from ANY Xbox One console (you will need to sign in and install the game to that hardware in order to play)
  • Anyone in your home on your console will be able to play games, regardless of whether they also own a copy of the game or not.
  • You can give your family access to your games so they can play them on any Xbox One console once they log in and install the game on that hardware.
  • You can sell your disk-based game to second-hand retailers – as long as the publisher has allowed the capability.
  • You can give your games to an Xbox Live friend as long as you have been friends with them for more than 30 days. This game license can only be transferred once.

Microsoft’s page on this topic.

The Connectivity (Suggested Speed, Cloud, Internet Access, Power):

  • Xbox One will require a broadband Internet connection (insert ‘cloud’ buzzword here).
  • The Xbox One will have a low-power state. It will always be “on” in order to receive updates and to be available when you want to use it.
  • Skype is very integrated.
  • Wireless ready out of the box via 802.11n.
  • It will connect with your personal wireless devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.).
  • Is cloud-powered (Look! We used the buzz word again!)
  • Minimum connection speed of 1.5mbps is suggested. You will be able to use mobile broadband services.
  • You will be able to game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, but only for 1 hour on a console away from home so it can check in on you.

Microsoft’s page on this topic.

Privacy and Kinect:

  • The console and the Kinect will have privacy settings.
  • You can turn the Kinect off.
  • The console will collect game data, but it will not be shared unless you allow it to be.
  • You don’t HAVE to use the Kinect for the TV, Blu-ray, or apps.

Microsoft’s page on this topic.

Rumor also has it that Microsoft has been cancelling 1 on 1 meetings with games journalists this week, and has apparently also cancelled a roundtable that was to take place after the E3 conference. Major Nelson defended the company as some of the journalists Tweeted complaints. Hopefully, this isn’t just sidestepping to avoid the debacle that answering questions became at the Xbox One announcement event in May.


So there’s the info. Chew on it. Talk about it.


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