Codemasters Founder: MS Should’ve Stuck to Its Guns on XB1
Not everyone was happy about Microsoft’s 180 on the Xbox One’s DRM and online check-in policies. While most people were happy about it, a petition was started for Microsoft to undo its policy reversal. We covered that here.
Joining the fray is Codemasters founder David Darling, who believes that Microsoft went about the whole thing the wrong way. He believes that instead of rolling back its policies, the company should’ve doubled down on them and went through with their online plans.
“It was interesting how the market did pull back with Microsoft,” said Darling in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. ”I don’t think Microsoft sold it in the right way – they weren’t strong enough. I don’t think they should have had a physical drive on Xbox One – it’s like having a dead body handcuffed to you. It’s dragging along this dead body and it’s going to slow them down. They’ve let the market pull them back but I think that was a mistake.”
“The industry will definitely move in that [digital] direction and I think it will move very quickly,” he continued. “It’s a bit like flipping a coin – at some stage it will just flip. It will change in six months and everybody will wonder why it never changed before. There’s no point in distributing physical media when the internet exists.”
While his forward-thinking may be laudable to some extent, such a shift certainly wouldn’t bode well for the many gamers who still struggle with poor internet connections.