Microsoft is likely having a very confusing time at the moment. Having pulled away from the connectivity requirements and removing online trading restrictions for the Xbox One in the face of a very vocal consumer outcry, the company is now looking at an outcry of a different sort: thousands of gamers who want the digital purchase and trading features for the new console back.
Adding to the confusion are the reasons that gamers signing the petition are giving for wanting the return of some of the items that Microsoft has dropped. Some comments are fully in support of Microsoft bringing back the ability to trade purchased digital content with friends, seemingly in hopes of finding a middle ground between the current disc-based model and what they see as digital innovation. Others appear to be signing the petition in an effort to mess with Microsoft’s Xbox One plans, hoping to make the console’s launch tank.
The petition states “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.”
It goes on to say “We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise.” Indeed, a compromise on the implementation of digital trading while still permitting used hardcopy game sales might benefit Microsoft but it’s very unclear whether this petition will have any effect on Microsoft’s attitude towards the Xbox One. Another reversal could prove disastrous for the company’s upcoming console.
Source: Ars Technica