Not long after the console was launched, Microsoft revealed heavy restrictions around sharing games — that is, games could only be transferred once between friends, a one-way, one-time only gift, and lending games was off the table at launch. Users would also be required to connect to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.
Amid heavy backlash and fan fury the features were then removed from the Xbox one as they tried to salvage something, anything out of what was becoming a very bad position for the company to be in. Gamers would be able to trade, lend, resell, and rent games; and the Internet check-in and regional restrictions would be removed.
Now, a new petition has surfaced on Change.org to put the Xbox One back the way it was.Called “Microsoft: Give us back the Xbox One we were promised at E3,” the petition asserts that gamers did not understand what they were giving up when they rallied for the features to be removed:
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.
Changing policy once indicates a willingness to listen to consumers; changing it back again could be seen as weakness. Whichever way the company decides to go, however, one thing is certain: someone is going to complain.
Fair dues to Sony who managed to capitalise on MS’s mistakes at E3. I know where I am putting my money on the next generation of consoles.