XBone DRM Is Gone, But Family Sharing Goes With It

By Joseph Christ on June 19th, 2013 (12 comments)

og:image: Xbox One DRM

What was that The Joker said in the first Batman movie when talking to Kim Basinger? You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs. Now imagine it being said by Don Mattrick -in full Joker regalia of course- to a room full of celebrating gamers. And as he breaks the china on top of the fireplace, a slow smirk of satisfaction smears across his bedeviled face at the same moment smelly grunts holding shotguns move in.

That's right, it's not all great news now that the Xbox One's horrible DRM policies have found a quick grave. Since they basically provided the foundation for much of what the Xbox One allowed people to do, the positive aspects had to go as well...for some unknown reason. This means the Family Sharing program -which allowed you to set 10 other people as 'family members' who would then have access to your entire game library- is now gone.

"The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold." Don Mattrick said in a statement while nervously fumbling with an oversized fake flower on his lapel. One obviously observed to be filled with flesh melting acid as a light acrid smoke rose from its center.

The sentiment was also shared by Marc Whitten, VP of Xbox Live who, speaking to Kotaku while making an oversized cake with a dead hooker inside that was to be delivered to a nearby orphanage for a 10 year olds' birthday, said:

One of the things we were very excited about was 'wherever we go my games are always with me.' Now, of course your physical games won't show up that way. The games you bought digitally will. You'll have to bring your discs with you to have your games with you,"

"Similarly, the sharing library [is something] we won't be able to deliver at launch," he added while inserting festive sparklers that he hoped would attract attention of “The Batman”.

A small price to pay for now, I say. And there is nothing in the cards to assume that we won't be able to have a service like this at some point in the future. Especially since, as we all slowly and inevitably move to digital anyway, the entire disk-DRM argument will be completely moot. The changes, and this fight, is not over yet.

Tags: xbox one, used games, drm

Joseph Christ

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  • Brites 1 year, 7 months ago

    Well, it DOES make sense.

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  • Moblyn 1 year, 7 months ago

    The negatives outweighed the positives. This idea can be something we see in the future without all the tacked on bullshit.

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  • Rorix 1 year, 7 months ago

    To be expected. They're not going to allow you to basically give a game to ten people when only one purchased it.

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  • Darth_Spudius 1 year, 7 months ago

    Thats a shame, it was a great idea. So now because all the fan boys cried... we had to go backwards. Well done guys, well done.

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    • AdjacentKitten 1 year, 7 months ago

      That's a very limited outlook you have there.

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  • jenna1013 1 year, 7 months ago

    See this why I'm scared that they Dumb Down the system because of their BAD PR and people not understanding of what Microsoft was doing...

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    • Moblyn 1 year, 7 months ago

      What MS was doing was trying to be the first console to embrace the inevitable anti consumer future that we will probably see again after PS4/Xbone. We understand, we just dont want to be a part of it.

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  • ShodanMAN 1 year, 7 months ago


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  • Binary79 1 year, 7 months ago

    Before they looked like greedy elitist's now they look like backwards thinking morons. They are damned if they do and damned if the don't

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    • jenna1013 1 year, 7 months ago

      Exactly!!! And it's their fault.

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  • Cramoss 1 year, 7 months ago

    It was a good idea but I take the existing DRM-less (kinda) policy over this any day.

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  • theottomatic91 1 year, 7 months ago

    I believe that digital sharing will happen eventually but not this way and definitely not by MS of all people.

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