Does Microsoft's Xbox One DRM U-Turn Make You Want to Buy It?

By Sam Gibbs on at

There are two ways you can look at the whole Microsoft dumping its Xbox One draconian always-on DRM thing. One, it's amazing, the best news ever -- down with DRM. But there's also the opinion that Microsoft backing down has damaged the future of console gaming. Me? I'm not so sure. But what do you think?

The overly cynical tech journalist in me has a mind to see this as one massive marketing stunt. While on the face of it, Microsoft's move looks like it's really listen to its fans (or at least the vocal minority), and is taking into account your wishes. But then, you could see Microsoft planning this all from the very beginning. Stick out the console, big up its new connected features, cause a storm over DRM that'll ensure the Xbox One stays in the headlines and overshadows the PS4, and then pull a quick switcheroo to win hearts and minds. You come out looking like a shining knight of the user-listening, down-with-the-kids gaming companies, and not the unchanging corporate machine that Microsoft's known for. Plus, there's no such thing as bad publicity, right?

Anyway, the Xbox One's online DRM is essentially gone, or at least brought in line with what Sony's doing. So, does that make you want to buy it more?