GameStop Pushed Microsoft To Reverse Xbox One DRM?
Ooh, the cloak-and-dagger stories just keep getting more and more interesting.
As we all know by now, Microsoft has removed their offensive used game and Internet-required policies concerning the Xbox One. Some say it was nothing more than damage control, and many agree with that assessment.
But here's another angle: According to StickSkills, a GameStop employee says Microsoft may have backpedaled due in part to the following- GameStop would've ended up promoting the PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One. The used game issue was the sticking point; it's a huge part of GameStop's business, of course, and they probably weren't big fans of the pre-owned DRM on tap for the Xbox One. In fact, we know they weren't.
As a result, GameStop employees were told they should push the PS4 as much as possible. There was a rumor floating around that the retailer refused to stock up on Xbox One units, even going so far as to tell customers they were sold out of pre-orders. So perhaps this is what ultimately prompted GameStop to go back on their ridiculous mandates. Well, whatever. In my opinion, Microsoft has already showed their hand and I didn't like it. They ain't gettin' my money.
6/21/2013 9:28:43 PM Ben Dutka