Xbox One's axed online features may be added back eventually: Microsoft

Less than a month after its complete U-turn on the Xbox One’s DRM and used game policies, Microsoft is considering adding some of the console’s

Less than a month after its complete U-turn on the Xbox One’s DRM and used game policies, Microsoft is considering adding some of the console’s Internet-reliant features back into the console. In an interview with IGN, the company's Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten has said that some of the Xbox One's features, such as Family Sharing and being able to play games without the disc in the drive, might return to the Xbox One. According to Whitten, "If it's something that people are really excited about and want, we're going to make sure that we find the right way to bring it back."

"Taking Family Sharing out of the launch window was not about ‘we're going to take our toys and go home' or something like that," Whitten said. "It was just sort of the logistics of ‘how do we get this very, very clear request that people really want, that choice, and how do we make sure we can do an excellent job of that, get to launch, and then be able to build a bunch of great features?' In the future I think you're going to see the ways that we change how you discover, how you consume, share, play."

Xbox One's axed online features may be added back eventually: Microsoft

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Whitten has also admitted that the company should have been more clear about the console’s features and DRM. "We've got to just talk more, get people understanding what our system is," he said.

These features were axed when the company announced that the Xbox One will not require an Internet connection to play games. This was done by the company in response to the massively negative reception that the always-on DRM on the console had received. The negative reaction was mostly because of the severe limits it placed on gamers, such as requiring to be connected to the Internet every 24 hours, or losing the ability to share game discs with anyone.

 

The company has curiously been very silent on what the console’s Family Sharing feature would entail. Many believe that it would essentially let gamers create shared libraries among friends and family where anyone could play any game as long as no one else was playing it at the time. However, a person claiming to be an Xbox engineer had elaborated on what it was: timed demos for anyone a gamer might deem to be family. This has not been confirmed so far, however, and it is best to take the words of the “Xbox Engineer” with a pinch of salt.

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