A new petition circulating the internet seeks to – get this – put pressure on Microsoft to bring back its original DRM plans for the Xbox One. The Change.org petition already has more than 14,017 signatures, but its come to light that many of those are from trolling PS4 fans.
Oh internet, you never cease to amaze me!
A little background: The Xbox One was originally announced to require an online connection at least once daily, to check licenses and DRM tied to the user’s account – regardless of whether the game was purchased digitally or physically, meaning buying used discs wouldn’t work, potentially. These features proved hugely unpopular with the gaming populace, to say the least. After a massive nerd rage backlash against its policies, Microsoft did a full 180 and removed the unpopular features, keeping its online and used game DRM policies more or less the same as its current gen Xbox 360.
Now a new petition has come forward, requesting the opposite. The folks behind the petition would like Microsoft to reverse their policies once again, and bring back the original model of Xbox One DRM.
This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty.
We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.
Give us back the Xbox One we were promised at E3
While the petition appears to be in earnest, PS4 loving trolls have co-opted it and are signing their names in droves. One user, Noel G, had this to say, “I want the PS4 to get a sales boost!…just in case this works out.” Several other folks weren’t nearly as polite and the ensuing flame war in the petition’s comment section is pure internet gold.
The console wars are getting ugly, folks! Let us know what you think in the comments!