Can Microsoft DRM About-Face Save the Xbox One?

If gamers were already frustrated by Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) lack of focus on actual gaming when it first unveiled the Xbox One, they were furious when the tech giant priced the system at $499 and detailed surprisingly restrictive digital rights management policies to be imposed on the console.

To make things worse, Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) stepped out shortly afterward with its PlayStation 4, and it not only undercut the Xbox One's price by $100, but it also assured gamers their console wouldn't incorporate similar DRM restrictions.

As a result, we shouldn't be surprised Microsoft caved to gamers' demands by removing two key DRM policies last week, says Fool contributor Steve Symington in the following interview with the Fool's Erin Miller.

However, despite the ugly PR nightmare, Steve also thinks there's still time for Microsoft to turn this ship around. Do you agree? Please watch the video to get Steve's take, and then let us know whether you think it's too late for the Xbox One.

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  • Report this Comment On June 25, 2013, at 11:51 PM, Wingeddamnation wrote:

    It will save itself from being the worst selling console in the history. That being said, I know for a fact 60% of the gamers who are avid Xbox gamers have changed back to getting it; the other 40% have steered away from Xbox On for other reasons...some of them being told to **** off if they didn't like the DRM, the stupid Kinect and NSA spying **** (yeah people, that is still an issue believe it or not) being $100 more just because it is used as a cable/dvr box (that you probably already have, but it's your money) and just an overall outlook on how MS not only treats Indie developers, but also the consumer themselves. I'm not dropping one dime on this Gen's Xbox. If maybe the next one they don't treat the gamers (the one's who made them a gaming power house) with more respect and they don't force feed their ideas and try to shove it down our throats, then I will buy their next gen after the Xbox One. Lost all my respect MS.

  • Report this Comment On June 26, 2013, at 4:56 AM, dakotadugger wrote:

    Well personally I've never really liked the Xbox Anyway so it was pretty possible/Likely that I was never gonna buy it regardless. That being said I was still outraged that the company would so carelessly flaunt and then defend such massive shifts in how console gaming works. Not only to force Kinect (which was never part of my Xbox 360 experience ) but to be quite expensive and completely remove a sense of ownership of games. I object to that not only as a gamer but as a consumer I personally like to own my games and know that even if the system has never or no longer has internet support then I can still put my game in and play. Even reversing those decisions to me changes nothing, they were quite quick to take those rights and defend their decision. Too late on my end Microsoft Xbox One is never getting any of my business.

  • Report this Comment On June 26, 2013, at 8:51 AM, EKGProd wrote:

    I do believe that Microsoft has lost at least a quarter of their fans because of this debacle. Will the PS4 dominate and ruin Microsoft this new generation? No, of course not. It will be close, just like it is this generation. People seem to think that Sony's PS3 was a failure and that the Xbox 360 is tearing it apart in sales. In reality, the PS3 has actually sold more in less time than the Xbox 360. This was how it was able to catch up to the 360 in sales even though it launched a full year after Microsoft console.

    This generation will be witness to a slight switch in dominance, but nothing more. Sony will probably stay 2 or 3 million units ahead of Xbox One, but Microsoft new console will by no means be considered a failure. Gamers are a forgetful bunch. In a few years time, many won't even remember this debacle and will think the Xbox One is still the dominant console.

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