- 26 Jun 2012
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Full article hereMicrosoft has hinted that some of the Xbox One’s less controversial DRM features may return, including family sharing, after people have ‘calmed down’.
According to Xbox director Albert Penello the ability to trade and loan digital games on the Xbox One will make a return at some point, despite the controversy over 24 hour check-ins having precipitated the original spate of U-turns.
‘We were trying to implement the ability to trade [and] loan digital games with your friends which is something that no one else was doing,’ Penello told GameSpot.
‘I believe, in retrospect that people have calmed down and gone back and actually looked at what we said, people are starting to understand, ‘Wow, they did want actually to allow me to loan and trade’ which other digital ecosystems don’t want to do. And so, yeah, I think we need to do that.’
When Microsoft reversed its policies it also cancelled plans for a number of far less controversial features, including the ability to share your games with a small group of nominated friends and family.
‘I get a lot of mails saying ‘god, please bring back the family sharing.’ We’d love to figure out how to bring that back. I still think it was a good idea,’ says Penello.
‘Maybe it was a little too soon for some people, but I still think there were a lot of good ideas in there. And we’ll bring it back when the time is right.’
It's not something that anyone who's followed this whole mess that Microsoft have made has doubted from the outset.
When Microsoft feel the 'time is right' they will enforce the policies they wanted to enforce initially.
To me I feel that this means once they are happy with their userbase installation and have sold sufficient machines they will bring all the policies back...probably one at a time that forces the extra money out of people the way they initially intended.
I'm actually very surprised that this has been said on the record, i'm even more surprised the media and the gaming communities haven't jumped on this, although I feel a lot of gamers that felt strongly about these features have just decided against the Xbox anyway.