Poll Shows Xbox One “Dead as a Dreamcast” Due to DRM Policies

Posted by at 6:06 pm on June 18, 2013


According to the Game Politics poll, sixty percent of the votes, or 1,247 of them, considers the Xbox One “Dead as a Dreamcast”. While failure of Sega’s sixth-generation console entry had nothing to do with DRM, we here at ToT are sure this is not the kind of comparison they want to be reading about.

The poll went on to show that twenty-five percent of the votes, or 516 votes, creally doesn’t care about the Xbox One’s DRM restrictions. A mere eleven percent of the voters, accounting for only 231 votes, think that Microsoft will eventually abandon its used games policy. The other two choices were jokes, with two percent (49 votes) choosing to purchase the Xbox One due to its DRM and one percent (29 votes) not even knowing what DRM is.

Microsoft is leaving it up to third-party publishers to determine DRM policies for their games, which means they can prevent their games from being traded, rented or given away. At the same time, Microsoft is allowing customers to trade-in first-party games at stores or give them to friends, but this comes with a few restrictions including each game can only be given once, they can only be given to people who have been on the user’s friends list for at least 30 days. Plus they can only be “gifted” not borrowed.

“Some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit,” the company states. “We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.”

Several publishers like Bethesda and CD Project Red simply haven’t had the time to evaluate the policy since Microsoft revealed the DRM scheme weeks ago.

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