Microsoft: 'We Have No Reason to Reinstate DRM Policies on the Xbox One'
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.28.2013
The policies are no longer necessary…
Albert Penello, Microsoft Director of Product Planning, spoke on the NeoGAF community about the possibility of the controversial Digital Rights Management requirements returning for to the Xbox One. As you may recall, Microsoft originally announced that the Xbox One would be always online and that all games would be tied to specific Xbox Live accounts; this caused an uproar and Microsoft went back on the policy.
One of the complaints with the new console is that there would be nothing from stopping Microsoft to reinstate the same DRM policies that consumers were not happy with.
"I don't want to open up an entirely new issue here, but here's my shot. I don't see that ever happening with content you're buying today either on disc and digitally. All of that DRM stuff was in place because there was no physical security on the disc itself, so all the licensing was done digitally. When you build that type of model, then you need to make sure people can't install games on a bunch of machines, then unplug them. That would have made us an awesome Pirating machine, and that can't happen for obvious reasons.
When we went back to disc security, those DRM policies weren't necessary. So no reason to turn it on later.
If there's ambiguity, it's because it's possible that, in the future, IF WE ADDED BACK some of those family sharing ideas we had in the beginning, we'd have reintroduce similar types of policies. So IF you wanted to have a game and have that family sharing, always-in-the-cloud, and digital loaning – then we might add those requirements back. You can imagine a world where we have both types of models at the same time.
Again, big IF, but the bottom line is I wouldn't worry about us making those policies "retroactive" which seems to be the issue I hear people worry about."