Gaming console rivalry

When it comes to gaming consoles, the rivalry between Sony and Microsoft is pretty intense.  That rivalry has been given a fresh twist, I see, with the launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.  I’m interested to see how this one will play out, if you pardon the puns.  Anyone who is familiar with my blog will know that I’m an Xbox kind of guy, but I like to keep an open mind on things, so it is interesting to see whether Sony or Microsoft will emerge as the big winner from the launch of their new gaming consoles.

A cause for concern, if I’m being honest, is that Microsoft has indicated that it will impose pretty restrictive copyright protection in respect of games.  Publishers will be given the option of deciding whether a purchaser of their games is entitled to sell the game on, or even give it to someone else, and whether they will have to fork out a fee for doing so.

Another worrying development is that owners of the new Xbox One will be required to ‘check in’ with Microsoft once in 24 hours via the internet.  If the console user fails to check in, they will not be able to game.  So even though I would own the games that I purchased on disc, if I didn’t ‘check in’ with the company once a day, I would be stuck.  That doesn’t seem particularly fair to me.  What if someone’s internet connection is down, or what happens if they have moved house and they are waiting to get reconnected to the internet?

I have noticed that Sony does not intend introducing the same kind of restrictions on second-hand discs that Microsoft has proposed and, like I’ve said, I have an open mind on these things, so when it comes to purchasing a new console at some point in the future, my money may go to a different company than it has done in the past.

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