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Xbox One highlights digital rights confusion

The reaction to the Xbox One reveal and its original digital-led vision proves how little consumers understand about what they’re entitled to when buying download games, says a leading expert. Microsoft’s forthcoming console was met by gamer backlash over plans to licence digital titles to users, meaning that they would …

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EA’s online-only Darkspore could be broken for good

A problem with EA and Maxis title Darkspore has this weekend served a perfect illustrations of the perils faced by consumers with online-only titles. Polygon reports that the game has been pulled from Steam following persistent and unresolved server problems that are preventing many players from accessing the game or …

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Will Wright was impressed with Microsoft’s reaction to DRM backlash

DRM remains a useful tool for publishers but cannot be used at the expense of consumers, SimCity creator Will Wright has said. But regardless of the morality behind Microsoft’s now-ditched DRM plans for Xbox One, Wright has told CNN that he was impressed with how the platform holder reacted to …

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GAME "immensely impressed" with Microsoft rethink

The UK’s leading games retailer GAME has welcomed Microsoft Xbox One rethink. Microsoft have shown that they truly understand and value their fan base and the gaming community as a whole,” GAME’s Martyn Gibbs told Edge. Microsoft have listened to the feedback of recent weeks and acted on it, putting …

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GameFly describes Xbox One U-turn as "a win/win for consumers"

Digital retailer GameFly has welcomed Microsoft’s Xbox One U-turn. "I always felt good about the future of GameFly, but I feel better today," GameFly co-founder and SVP of business development Sean Spector told Joystiq. "Today is a win/win for consumers, as well as GameFly. I think choice is always important …

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OPINION: Xbox One Eighty – what we’ve lost

It would take a brave pundit to argue that Microsoft’s now-scrapped DRM was healthy for the consumer. Diminished rights, corporate ownership and limiting online requirements are not what the next-generation are supposed to be about. But now that the world has been saved from Microsoft’s evil rights management policies the …

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Xbox One’s cloud vision remains intact

The ‘power of the cloud’ remains a key USP for Xbox One despite Microsoft’s ditching of its unpopular DRM plans. "Our vision around Xbox One and what you can do because of the power of both the architecture of the console, and also the cloud and the Xbox Live service, …

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Cliffy B: Sony forced Microsoft’s hand, not the internet whining

Outspoken games dev Cliff Bleszinski has said that Sony, not the angry internet, was the driving force behind Microsoft’s spectacular U-turn last night. Sony forced Microsoft’s hand, not the internet whining,” he wrote on Twitter. At the end of the day many hardcore dislike what was attempted. You can’t do …

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OPINION: Xbox One strategy revamp was logical – but it might only accelerate Mattrick’s digital vision

One of the best bits of games industry scuttlebutt I have been told is about Xbox boss Don Mattrick. It’s actually about his shrewd hiring and management skills, so it’s effectively a HR anecdote. But bear with me. A few years ago I was told that when running teams at …

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