In a somewhat shocking revelation, it seems as if The Xbox One is currently holding #1 top seller in Amazon’s video game category list. Take a look for yourself.
And, because I know this list is in a continuous loop of hourly updates, I provide picture evidence for peoples from the future.
I had heard rumors of such happenings, but had for some reason brushed it aside as irrelevant. Upon further assessment, I realized it was important to witness this for my self, and the discovery was indeed startling. Some interesting truths have arisen from my recent internet fumbling, and I’m not sure what to make of it all.
I’m not surprised that the Xbox One has remained in the top 100 for the past 16 days. Despite the massive(ly deserved) outcry about DRM involving the system, the core audience will still be a large one. This on top of likely gaining a sizable casual audience who don’t have the care or concerns about online restrictions, which seems to be what Microsoft was going for with the Xbox One reveal in late May.
The one thing that surprises me about all of this, is indeed The Xbox One taking top spot on Amazons best video game sellers list, due solely to Microsoft’s reversal of it’s DRM policies. The surprise comes from Sony’s strong showing during E3, and Nintendo’s simpler approach to hardware, both offering more focused gaming experiences than Microsoft has presented. The XB1 overtaking the PS4 on Amazon however, does indicate to me, perhaps a few more than just the core gamers were paying attention, and really did care about these anti-consumerist policies. Once reversed, they showed thanks for MS’s response with their wallets, in reversing the terribly backwards policies.
This of course, is when my interest fully peaked. With a system costing $100 dollars more than it’s competitor, and still having committed to the threat of DRM, I’m wondering what message this sends Microsoft. If the system can succeed based on early hype and at least for now, confident promises about policy changes, what’s to stop Microsoft from pulling another 180? More so, I’m surprised such an immediate and positive consumer response met these claims, by helping the XB gain massive momentum in terms of preorders.
With all of the patching and online infrastructure changes taking place in a single year now a days, has no one considered that the Xbox One will be DRM free…at launch? So soon we assume that we are in the clear, everything is said and done, having nothing to fear but fear itself. Well, fear may lie in an unknowable future, for if Microsoft does indeed decide to backtrack once again on their own policies, no DRM for The Xbox One will be one of the most notable examples of timed exclusivity gaming has ever seen.
Time will tell.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com