About a weak ago, I talked about how Sony and Microsoft had put their best foot forward at E3. I was concerned that Microsoft’s Xbox One would lose this console war, due to its requirement to be connected to the Internet once every 24 hours.
This looked bad for Microsoft, as Sony didn’t have that requirement. I have heard that someone in the military asked Microsoft that their once-every-24 log in would be a problem, because he served on a submarine. I have also heard that the response to this was: “we always have the Xbox 360”.
I have no idea if this story is true, but if it is, that looks bad for Microsoft. Seriously, someone states that they will have a problem with your newest version, and you tell them the solution is to stay with the predecessor? Dude, the military is a great consumer for video games, big M!
Well, it looks like Microsoft has rescinded that whole “must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours”. Apparently, Microsoft says that users can trade-in, gift, resell, lend, and rent disc-based games like what is being done on the Xbox 360. I suppose it is pretty obvious that the decision was made in response to Sony. If it is, I admire Microsoft being willing to respond, even if it might seem like a Johnny-come-lately move.