Thursday, June 20, 2013

Xbox One not so restrictive anymore. Good enough?

Damage control for Xbox One.
     Some of the announcements for the Xbox One turned a lot of people sour towards the product and in response to this Microsoft has back peddled and are stating the restrictions that were going to be imposed will no longer be an issue.  This can be viewed as a good sign for a company that listens to those they wish to do business with, even though for a minute it seemed they weren't listening.



     Is the fact that this company is admitting its mistake and proposing fixes for some of the things that bothered us good enough for you to consider buying the Xbox One?  Admitting a mistake or issuing an apology can help change minds, it worked with me when Netflix was upsetting people with their dual accounts and the "Qwikster" idea.  I was about to cancel the service until they realized the error of their ways and fixed it.  I know I was happy enough with what Netflix did to fix their issues and I'm pretty happy with them today and all their original content.  The problem with these companies is that when they disconnect with their consumers they start to dream up ideas of what the consumer might want.  In their update Mattrick says, "While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content."  I like using cloud technology as a back up, not a source for my games.  I like saving game progress there in case I want to access it somewhere else but most of the time it's home where all my "physical content" is.  It's cool to eliminate the idea of memory cards or thumb drives but will the licensing be an issue for digital content still?  They do specify the lending/ trade option for "disc based games", so I assume not.

    Whatever the case may be, I'll be sitting back with my current generation consoles for a while until I see what most of my friends get or what is least problematic. There are plenty of current generation titles coming out that should hold me over until I feel like I need a new console.  He's not really saying he's sorry either(Mattrick),  he's thanking us for our "candid feedback", at least Reed Hastings said he was sorry...just sayin'. Are any of you happy with the announcement?  It's a step in the right direction at least.