Saturday, June 15, 2013

Console war isn't over yet

A lot has been written about how Microsoft has screwed up already with its presentation for its upcoming Xbox One console, which has a series of restrictions on it while the Playstation 4 does not. The most obvious one is that the new Xbox limits used game sales.

What has gotten far less attention is the new "Family Sharing" feature that allows one friend on a special 10-person friends list to use one of the users games. That is to say, people will be able to loan games to friends while blocking both used sales and illegal copies.

I haven't made up my mind if I will ever buy the Xbox One. I may very well not. The lack of backwards compatibility is a major turn-off and there isn't much the new one does that I can't do with my Xbox 360 now. Still, this is a major revelation that could give the new Xbox a fighting chance.

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