Upcoming Xbox One Console Causes Debate Among Gamers
The Xbox One, which is set to debut in the fall of 2013, packs a lot of perks. Instead of being marketed as just the newest gaming console from Microsoft, the Xbox One is being touted as the ultimate home entertainment system. Imagine a digital arcade cocktail table that is capable of streaming videos, playing music and instant messaging friends; all at the same time. These are just some of the proposed features of the Xbox One, but there is also a major downside.
Apparently, Microsoft wants to restrict owners of legally purchased titles from selling, trading or sharing games. While the fee-based pricing program is said to be a highly effective method of preventing piracy, most gamers feel that they are getting bilked. A brand new video game for contemporary consoles like the Wii and PlayStation already cost around $50 to $75. Used games, though sometimes flawed, sell for considerably less.
In other words, owners of the Xbox One will only be able to play their games at home if they want to avoid paying extraneous fees. When this new policy was first announced, Microsoft tried diligently to avoid the subject. Others believed that the fees involved with playing used games would be nominal, further downplaying the issue. However, several people have pointed out that Microsoft is itself breaking federal copyright laws by double charging customers.
Unfortunately, there are some people who will do just about anything to get their favorite games for free. Those that willfully engage in piracy make it more difficult for video game developers to remain profitable, and consumers often get left holding the bag. And while the Xbox One looks like a great home gaming system, most people simply do not want to play to pay titles that they have previously purchased.
The Xbox One is not yet for sale, so there is still time for Microsoft to do away with their used game billing feature. With some for fans already opting to play the standard arcade cocktail table and other older systems rather than compromising their beliefs, the Xbox One has a long, hard road ahead of it.