Originally Posted by Daekwan
I agree with pretty much everything you said.
1) Kinect needs to be removed as a requirement. Allow the people to unplug it, without affecting the console use.
2) There needs to be a backup system if XBL is offline.
3) They need to be more transparent about the entire DRM process and why its necessary for playing games off a HDD, with no disc.
4) If you have the physical disc, you should be able to play the game off the disc with no DRM or online connection necessary.
5) They need to hire a PR firm and create a FAQ to outline the above information. It would go a LONG ways towards changing opinions that the XB1 is too restricted & evading privacy.
I can agree with all those points except no 1. Actually I'd modify it. Inclusion in the box still needs to be standard but the actual connection requirement needs to be relaxed. I don't need
voice commands, etc. so while it's nice it shouldn't be forced on us for the sake of advancing an agenda. A true offline mode is going to happen, I guarantee it. There's no way they're going to be able to keep the always on mantra going once the real world shows them it's not as viable as they think it is. As for being transparent on DRM, that's going to be the hardest thing for people to get a grip on since we've been soo used to physical game media forever. If music can make the transition though we can to. I like not needing the disc and if they need authentication for game downloads, fine. Make it a weekly thing though, not daily. That just reeks of paranoia. Disc authentication is something I figured they'd be ok with allowing should an inet connection not be present. I can understand the limits placed on digital files, sure, but a physical disc you have yourself that becomes useless once you install it even though it should be the number one reference point for authentication? Ridiculous, bizarre, and dumb. I suspect that will be one of the first changes we will see.
Finally, for a PR firm I've been championing this for the past few days now. They need an evangelist for the platform. Someone who will be the front facing personality of the Xbox. he/she needs to be able to relate and sell the platform without seeming like a salesman. While not quite the same thing the Kevin Butler character Sony used for a few years was genius and was a very easy way to identify with the platform. He was endearing, funny, and self effacing so he didn't come across as disconnected or out of touch, something Don Mattrick very much comes across as. Again they need a true salesman for the platform, but not someone who just seems like a shill. I always thought J Allard could have been that person with time but that ship's sailed so if we're having execs speak for the system with either conflicting or off putting messages something's wrong. They need to fix the PR issue the system has. It can be done and frankly there's a lot to be excited about with the system but damn if they're doing their best to convince the consumer otherwise.