Last week, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One requires internet access and that used game sales are subject to the whims of publishers. You will not be able rent or loan your games at launch and there's no guarantee you ever will. You can give a game to someone else but only if the publisher allows it and even then, the recipient must have been in your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.
Mostly unpopular policies, to say the least but before we started decrying the end of Xbox, most of us waited to see what Sony was doing with the Playstation 4. If both consoles employed similar DRM schemes, it's possible gamers might just put up with it in order to play their favorite games.
Or maybe everyone would give both companies the finger and buy a Wii U.
But that's not what happened...
That series of nut shots was capped off with the announcement that the PS4 will undercut the Xbox One's price tag by a cool $100.
So, gamers of impeccable taste in websites, how big a deal do you think this is? Have Microsoft's DRM decisions DOOMED the Xbox One? Will gamers, intolerant of such restrictions, turn their backs on the console and flock en mass to its competition? Will Microsoft have to change its policies to avoid a disastrous launch or will the average gamer not be bothered by this stuff in the first place?
Heck, maybe Microsoft's DRM policies are the reason you've decided to go Team Xbox this generation. And if that's the case, we really hope you leave a comment or send us an email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com and tell us how this stuff could possibly be floating your boat.
This Saturday, at 1p PST/4p EST, EZK and I will host a special E3 edition of Super Podcast Action Committee and you're invited! We'll reveal the poll results, discuss your opinions and spend an hour (or two or three) yammering on and on about E3. We'll be streaming the show live so we hope you drop by and hang out with us. Keep your eyes on GamePolitics for more details as we figure out what the hell we're doing!
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen