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Jun 19 2013   1:50AM GMT

Microsoft changes their mind about used games, but what does this mean for the IT world?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So as you know, the competition has been fast and furious for the Xbox One and PS4. There has been an uproar over the Xbox One and all of Microsoft’s draconian polices, but on the flip side, there has been much love for the PS4 that is doing things status quo.

Items such as restrictions on how used games work and mandatory Internet check-ins has caused consumers to go into an uproar and people are voting with their wallets by not signing up for the pre-order for the Xbox One.

However, Microsoft recently did an about face and has reversed their policies and this has caused the pre-orders to take an upswing. I guess the question I would ask is, why would Microsoft try and force something like this down gamers throats in the first place? It seems like a silly chance to take in the hotly contested console wars.

The even more important question I have is, how will this affect us in the IT world? Does this mark a shift in how software companies will market enterprise business software? Will these companies require greater control of our networks and push themselves into our businesses much like Microsoft tried to do with gamers? Only time will tell, but in the end if consumers keep voicing their opinions loudly with their wallets, instead of taking things lying down, maybe we can stave off that day from happening.

-RP

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