Thursday, June 20, 2013

Xbox 180 bringing MMOs to console?

A while ago we* wrote about the DRM policies Microsoft had put on their new console. We weren't overly positive about their new approach and apparently neither was the general gaming community because yesterday Microsoft announced that they'll be making a 180 when it comes to their DRM “as a result of feedback from the Xbox community."

“After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One,” Xbox executive Don Mattrick wrote in a blog post, “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.” Mattrick added that Xbox One would be region-free; any Xbox One disc would function in any Xbox One console.

In addition to that, Mattrick wrote, players will be able to “trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today. There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”

Although this might all sound like good news there is a slight problem with their not-so-new approach to DRM. Game discs have to stay in the xbox in order to be able to play them and downloadable games cannot be shared. This basically means that they're continueing the Xbox 360's approach to DRM.

So what does this mean for MMOs? We hope that game developers will look at the new generation of consoles and see a possibility of bringing MMO games to the living rooms of millions of households. Now the Xbox One can be seen as a respected console again we might see more developers take the dive into the MMO world. We saw Diablo 3 move to consoles so who knows! Maybe we'll see project Titan become a console-based MMORPG. All we know is that the next few months/years are going to be very exciting for gamers and game developers. What do you want to see on the new consoles? And do you like the changes Microsoft made?

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