So it looks like Microsoft has caved and has officially taken off the online restrictions off of the Xbox One. Not only that, but it’ll also be region free now too! I got to say that I’m very impressed. I thought they would’ve been too proud to change their policies. Now that that’s taken off I can start taking the Xbox One a little more serious. Of course I still have my doubts about the system. It’s full of ads, requires Kinect, Microsoft’s IPs don’t interest me much, it’s $100 more expensive, and I don’t trust them in supporting the Xbox1 with core games in 3 or so years from now. How do I know that they’ll keep releasing games that I like and not go full on casual like they did with the 360, lastly how do I know that they won’t add the always online thing later on in the console’s life? Personally I have not trust or faith in Microsoft, you have to earn that shit and they certainly haven’t earned mine. But regardless, looks like Sony’s main selling point has just been taken off. Now that Sony charges for online the only thing that’s giving them the leg up is is being $100 cheaper. Now I hope this causes Sony to react and change their policy for multiplayer, you know, online play being free and to make up for that have different tiers of PS+(I’m already a PS+ member but still). Maybe Microsoft would do the same, you know? 😛 Seriously, multiplayer should never be behind a paywall, its annoying.
So the Xbox reveal is tomorrow. Unfortunately I have school so I won’t be able to watch it live 😦 . However let me share with you what I hope is in the reveal tomorrow; I honestly want the always online rumor to be true. For those not familiar with the rumor apparently the next Xbox will require an internet connection to do anything with it. It doesn’t help that a Microsoft employee was also defending always online as well, even going as far as to mock people who live in areas with a shitty internet connection. Now allow to to explain why I want the rumor to be true.
This generation has been extremely anti consumer. with certain parts of the games blocking mulitplayer or some single player content unless you buy it new, Diablo 3 and Simcity requiring internet connection to play the game as a form of DRM, and so on. Now making a system that only works with internet connection is taking it a whole step further and is probably one of the most anti consumer thing you could do with a system. So why exactly do I want it? for the market to flat out reject it and the system to fail miserably. To teach game corporations that they can’t walk all over us and the only thing we can do is “deal with it.” I want a nice thick visible line to be drawn for these corporations so they know what they can and CAN’T do. Well anyway that’s my 2 cents. It might be poorly written since I’m extremely tired and still got a lot of work to do but I hope you get the basic gist.