Petition demands Microsoft brings back Xbox One DRM

Posted on Thursday, Jul 11 2013 @ 15:59 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Neowin writes a petition over at hopes to change Microsoft's mind about the Xbox One. A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft ditched the Xbox One's DRM due to public outcry over all the restrictions it implemented, but now over 10,590 supporters have signed a petition that asks Microsoft to bring back the DRM that was promised at the E3 expo. The petition argues that Xbox One DRM was to be the future of entertainment, calling it a "Steam for Xbox" .
"This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty.

We want this back. It can't be all or nothing, there must be a compromise."

This petition follows Microsoft's reversal of their original DRM policies for the Xbox One. Controversially, the Xbox One originally needed to connect to the internet every 24 hours to verify that multiple users weren't accessing the one copy of a game; games that would have been permanently linked to your account, stored on your console or in the cloud, and shareable with up to 10 other people.

Following Sony's announcement that the PS4 wouldn't have always-online or game sharing restrictions at E3, and a public outcry from "uninformed" members of the public, Microsoft reversed these policies. This means that the console essentially operates the same as the Xbox 360, where games are not linked to your account and still require the physical disc to play.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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