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Competition from Sony forces Microsoft U-Turns on the Xbox One ‘authorisation’ rip off

by | 20th, June 2013

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MICROSOFT - E3 2013 attendees interact with newly announced games and experiences for Xbox One at MicrosoftÂ’s booth at E3 2013 in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

MICROSOFT has just done a complete u-turn on the terms and conditions under which their new Xbox One will operate. They had been proposing that used games would require authorisation to move from one box to another. Obviously, so that hands could be held out for a fee to facilitate this authorisation.

The machine had to dial in over the internet every day for any games at all to keep working. And finally there would be region blocking on games: no buying your stuff cheap off Amazon US and then playing it in more expensive Europe for example.

All of these restrictions have gone and Microsoft says it’s because they’re a really lovely caring sharing and listening company. Complete bollocks of course.

The actual reason

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