E3 is here!
Microsoft recently finished their E3 2013 Press Conference and I will say…they surely left a mark on the gaming community. They had some good reveals and even the price and information on their next generation console, the XBOX One. Lately, they have been on the warpath of DRM (Digital Rights Management) and how they intend to limit the power of gaming ownership and the console always needing to be connected online for it to work. Personally, I have a big problem with this. When I buy something, it is mine to do whatever I want with it. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t see it that way. According to Eurogamer writer Tom Bramwell, here is the deal with the XBOX One:
You do not own the games you buy. You license them. Discs are only used to install and then license games and do not imply ownership. People can play games installed on your console whether you're logged in or not. 10 people can be authorized to play these games on a different Xbox One via the cloud, but not at the same time, similar to iTunes authorized devices. Publishers decide whether you can trade in your games and may charge for this. Publishers decide whether you can give a game you own to someone for free, and this only works if they have been on your friends list for 30 days. Your account allows you to play the games you license on any console. Your Xbox One must connect to the internet every 24 hours to keep playing games. When playing on another Xbox One with your account, this is reduced to one hour. Live TV, Blu-ray and DVD movies are exempt from these internet requirements. Loaning and renting games will not be possible at launch, but Microsoft is "exploring the possibilities". Microsoft may change these policies or discontinue them at any point.
Of course, all of this wasn’t mentioned at the conference as all of the information came through multiple interviews with the XBOX staff via various new outlets. Personally, this system isn’t for me but I’m sure it’s for someone out there…maybe. Anyways, here is the Microsoft E3 2013 Press Conference!
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Release Date: November 2013