Alleged Anonymous Microsoft Engineer
on Xbox One DRM policies
thing is we suck at telling the story. The whole point of the DRM switch
from disc based to cloud based is to kill disc swapping, scratched discs, bringing
discs to friends house, traducing for shit val: m with nothign going back to
developers, and high game costs. If you want games cheaper then 59. 99, you
have to limit used games somehow, Steam '5 model requires a limited used game
thing is, the DRM is really really similarly steam... You can login
anywhere and play your games, anyone in your house can play with the family
xbox. The only diff is steam you have to sign in before playing, and Xbox does it
automatically at night for you (once per 24 hours)
s a long tail strategy, just like steam. Steam had it' s growing pains at the
beginning with all it' s drm shit as well. [...] For digital downloads steam had no
real com petition at the time, they were com peting against boxed sales. At the
time people were pretty irate about steam, (on ychan too...) It was only once
they had a digital marketplace with DRM that was locked down to prevent
sharing that they could do super discounted shit.
Tthink about it, on steam you get a game for the true cost of the game, 5530
5. On a console you have to pay for that PLUS any additional licenses for when
you sell / trade / borrow / etc. If the developer / publisher can' t get it on
additional licenses (like steam), then they charge the first person more. [...] If we
say "Hey publishers, you limit game to 39. 99, we ensure every license transfer
you get IOS, gamestop gets " that is a decent model... Microsoft gets a
license fee on first and subsequent game purchases, com pared to just first now?
That' s a revenue increase.
petition is the best man, it helps drive both to new heights. See
technology from the Cold War. If we had no USSR, we' d be way worse off today.
TLDR: Bring it on Steam :)
we passed that around the office at Xbox. Most of us were like "Well
played Sony, Well played". That being said they arepost riding the hype train of
ZOMG THEY ARE TRYING TC) FUCK US FOR NO REASON. Without actually
thinking about how convienent it would be for the majority of the time to not
find that disc your brother didn' t put back... [...]just sim parminder people not
seeing the bigger picture. Some PSA viral team made them all "U TOOK R
DISCS" and they hiveminded.
Everyone and their mother com plains about how gamestop fucks them on
their trade ins, getting 55 for their used games. We come in trying to find a way
to take money out of gamestop, and put some in developers and get you
possibly cheaper games and everyone bitches at MS. Well, if you want the (IN;
Maing from Gamestop, go play PSA.
goal is to move to digital downloads, but Gamestop, Walmart, Target,
Amazon are KIND OF FUCKING ENTRENCHED in the industry. They have a lot of
power, and the shift has to be gradual. Long term goal is steam for consoles. [...]
If you always want to stay with what you have, then keep current consoles, or a
PSA. We' re TRYING to move the industry forwards towards digital distribution...
it' bumpy road
Publishers have enouch ous power. Microsoft is trying to balance between
consumer delight, and publisher wishes. If we cave to far in either direction you
have a kickstarting product. Wiiu goes too farta consumer, you have no rrd
party support to shake a stick at. PSA is statuesque. Xbl is trying to push some
things, at the expense of others. We have a vision, we' ll see if it works in the
Living room transformation. We want to own the living room. Every living
room TV with an Xbox on input one. It' s the thing that gives the signal to your
TV, everything is secondary. The future, where games, TV, internet telephony, all
that shit happens magically on some huge ass screen with hand / voice
gestures... That' s our goal.
egoogle TV + PSA + Minority report level gestures, that com baned with a sick
second screen experience (which is really hot for TV, I knowi know.. N N N N
N... but it' s fucking sick when you have it). Games will be the same, there are
more exclusives to MS then PS atm, and Kinect 2 makes Kinect 1 look like a
By default it' s on, listening for "Xbox On". You can turn it off tho, and turn
the console like OFF off. OFF off is required for Germany / other countries that
require it (no vam pire appliances) [...] It has to be plugged in for the console to
post. You can turn off everything it does from the settings. Think of it like
airplane mode for the iphone. You can' tjust unplug the cellular radio, but you
can turn it off.
Winstead of gamins, is for your console, and 1 or 2 at a friends house.
Really the majority of people have a speck of internet at least once a day. And if
you don' t. Don' t buy an Xbox L Just like if you didn' t have a broadband
connection don' t get Live, and if you don' t have an HDTV the 360 isn' t that great
for you either. New tech, new req. This allows us to do cool shit when we can
assume things like you have a kinect, you have internet, etc.
plan is basically you' re fucked after 24 hours. Yeah... I know. Kind of
sucks. I believe they will probably revise the time period and / or find a diff way
to ''call in" to ensure you haven' t sold your license to gamestop or something...
but there is no plan YET. I' m hoping the change it, buti don' t work on that sol
don' t have much influence there /sigh
the power goes out you ain' t playing shit. I' m assuming you mean the
internet goes out but you have power for TV and Xbox. Yes, You' re fucked for
single player games. Again, that' s the Por (Plan of record), buti expect it to
change after the clusterfuck
fee? There is no fee to play your games at your friends house. Never
has, never will. Even digital downloads could do that.
cloud capabilities is the shit they like the most. We basically made a
huge cloud com pute shit and made it free. What people are doing with it is kind
of cool. The original intention was to get all the Multiplayer servers not
requiring rrd party costs (Like EA shutting down game servers to cut costs), as
well as taking all the games that servers hosted by the clients (Halo, etc), and
have all that com pute done in the cloud allowing more CPU cycles for gameplay.
That will really expand what developers can do. Anything that doesn' t need per
frame calculation and can handle delays can be shifted to the cloud.
That' s huge.
IE is going to be pretty freaking sweet. 1 finger cursor, 2 finger
direct manip. Basically if you think of a laptop trackpad where your phone/ slate
is the trackpad and the monitor is your IV, it' s that. The tech is there, just needs
to be applied. There is some really cool shit going on with Petra + controllers
that pairs people with controllers. So if person with controller two trades
controlers with controller 1, their profiles magically switch. It' s sick. What does
this matter? Now if you lean left/ right it knows which person is leaning, even ifa
people are all int he same room. It' s awesome.
New service using Azure for cloud com pute. Allows developers to not use
clients for hosting multiplayer servers, or other tasks that do not require per
frame colorations. It' s pretty sweet.
Honestly, if you care about anything other then pure games AT ALL. Xbox 1
PSA. If all you do is play games, and nothing else, PSA.
s not worth matimero prove it, or risk my Job. I work in Studio A, 40th
ave in Redmond, . The thai place in the studio cafeteria has double punch
wednesdays. Go ahead and call them and verify if you want.
This was all from the Microsoft engineer that was on /b/ last night.