So as we all know by now the mighty Microsoft basically buckled last night and did a complete u-turn on their initial, and controversial, policies in relation to their new baby, Xbox One.
It seems the opening blows of the next gen console war have been struck by the gamers themselves with pre-order PS4 preferences basically scaring the bejeezus out of Microsoft and shattering their long held belief that we, the consumer, can be taken for granted.
The official MS statement regarding their quick switcharoo reads as follows:
“Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.”
or: “After the unveiling of our Xbox One plans we quickly realised everyone hated our ideas, but, it wasn’t until you all started to jump ship over to Sony’s machine that we really shit ourselves and did the quickest u-turn in gaming history.”
“You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.”
or: “You saw straight through our plans to hit you all deeper in the pocket, how we weren’t already aware of your belief that being able to share and resell games is quite important is a real oversight, I think it was Frank’s birthday and we’d all been on the sauce. But rest assured, we know now!”
“So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:
“An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.”
or, with fingers crossed: “Everything is staying the same, please stick with us, we’re good guys really.
It has been a shambles for Microsoft, but after this dramatic change of heart (or panic-stricken backtrack) the overall winners now are us gamers. Both consoles have suddenly become very enticing and I for one will eventually be happy to have both sat beneath the TV. Let’s not praise MS too heavily though. It wasn’t that they suddenly found a beating heart beneath MS Man’s dollar emblazoned supervillain, costume, but rather that Xbox One was well on the way to losing the console war before the battle lines had even been drawn.