Welcome back to Buy Xbox One UK, today we are covering the latest Xbox One News, a story which we first reported on around two weeks ago, and since our original post there has been a bit of a re-think over at Microsoft HQ regarding the Xbox One daily check-in system and the other DRM policies implemented for their new console.
In what can only be described as a massive U-Turn the new Xbox One console will not feature DRM to the levels we first expected. After taking a huge beating at the hands of UK fans of the Xbox console through online media channels such as Twitter and Facebook Microsoft have decided enough is enough and earlier today their PR department desperately announced some changes to the new DRM System which we are sure will be greeted with massive support from gamers and fans alike throughout the UK.
Well first off the daily check-in system has gone, however when you purchase a game you will still need to activate it online, but this is a one-time only action and once activated you will be able to enjoy the game as often as you like (single player) without the need for an internet connection. This is great news for those worried about their internet and network connections and their overall reliability.
Playing second hand games has returned to the same method we are used to seeing with the Xbox 360. In other words you can trade with your friends like you always have; buying, selling or swapping is now back on the cards. All of this is great news for all Xbox One users, but maybe more importantly it is amazing news for UK based second hand game stores such as Game UK and Gamestation. They might actually stand a small chance of still existing come the end of 2013.
The new Xbox One will be a real step up from the current Xbox 360, they are taking it from an already impressive 500 million transistors to 5 billion, and even those with no knowledge of technology can see the increase in power this must bring. The chips are once again brought to you by AMD, a well-respected manufacturer of processors; hopefully they will stand the test of time. I am sure that's enough to make you want to buy one but just in case:
As well as the increase in processing power they have also increased the on board RAM from a pretty pathetic 512mb to 8GB, this will allow the new Xbox to handle multiple tasks at once, and Microsoft have been hinting at the possibility of having instant switch between games built into the dashboard, but we will cover more about that later.
As well as the on-board spec the system also offers the equivalent of 3 times this power available in the cloud. You might remember the cloud if you read out post yesterday. Basically this gives games developers the opportunity to make use of additional computing power available on Microsoft’s servers.
Basically what all this means is that developers have the chance to really make use of the latest technologies, map sizes will increase, the graphics will take on a level of detail we have never seen before and as screens advance the console can keep up.
Now let’s get down to storage, the console itself has a 500GB disk space, but once again up in the cloud storage is unlimited. So as long as you’re prepared to wait for your internet connection you can store the entire back catalogue of every artist since time began, but you might want to check terms of service before attempting this…
It does mean however that once streaming media takes over you will be free to store all your movies, trailers and gaming data in one place without the worry of having to pay more subscriptions. Interestingly if the unlimited cloud doesn’t appeal you can add your own USB 3 hard drive to the console, more details about which ones are supported will follow.
The Xbox One will support Blu-ray, which is good news for those of use with a growing collection; there is no surprise it’s featured, hand up all those who remember HD-DVD? The console also supports 4K, the next generation HD, this adds an element of future proof to the tech.
Here at Buy Xbox One UK we really hope that this console takes the test of time, and hopefully we will never utter the words “Red Ring of Death” again! We can’t wait to see the tech in action, and we look forward to reviewing the console when we get our hands on it. So if you decide to buy an Xbox One you have a lot of power to look forward too!
*Edit*: Since the publication of this article here at Buy Xbox One UK, Microsoft have made a U-turn about the DRM methods we mentioned here. You can find our updated story here: Buy Xbox One UK DRM News
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There has been interesting developments with Microsoft’s latest outing. They have started to confirm details about their new digital rights management system. Basically who you can and can’t share your games with! Right now it appears the rules will be a little more complicated than I personally expected.
You will be able to share a game with a friend, but said friend must have been on your contact list for at least 30 days. Oh and you can only ever do this once per game, I assume said friend would then have unlimted access to the game whilst your not using it? However it could however mean one instance, for example you may be able to lend Bob the new COD but only for a limited time? It’s an interesting idea, almost like handing out demos to friends, I can’t think of a better way to sell more games than by letting your friends “try it out” for a couple of hours?
Then there is your “Xbox One Family” it seems you can choose up to ten people to join your family, and family members will have full access to your content, now we assume this means videos, photos, TV but not sure how it will work with games? More details should follow shortly.
Perhaps I have misunderstood elements of their plan and there may be more to it than this, but hopefully Microsoft will confirm the details over the next few days. Long story short gone are the days of lending your friend the new Tomb Raider to complete solo over a couple of weeks. It also adds complications to the second hand game market; it could be the blow that finishes more UK games retailers.
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