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Microsoft “Surprised” by Xbox One backlash

Sep 6 • NewsNo Comments

Speaking to Rev3Games, Xbox One strategy director Albert Penello admits the negativity towards Microsoft’s new console was surprising

“Was I surprised that people had a reaction to it? No. I mean, we knew it was going to be a controversial decision. Was I surprised how negative the reaction was going to be? Yes.”

“We were surprised at how vocal it was, we were surprised at the reaction and the assumptions that people had about what we were trying to do. So we did the famous ‘180’.

“If I had to go back and wish that I could rewind time and redo one thing, that would be the one thing.

“People got in their minds that what we were trying to do was evil or anti-customer when, in fact, we were looking at what Steam does, we were looking at what iOS is going, we were looking where the customers were going and saying ‘I think we can actually give you a better all-digital experience’.

“I think with time, people have understood what we were trying to do, and in fact I’m sure you’ve seen it with the fans. They were saying, ‘God, I wish some of this stuff would come back’.”

So let’s have a look at some of the negativity he’s talking about:

It does seem very naive that Microsoft to believed their original roadmap for Xbox One was likely to be accepted; given the popularity of the anti-DRM campaigns that have been gaining momentum over the last few years, being unclear over their used game policy and the implication that Kinect could be used to enforce licence stipulations was very foolish. However the level of bile directed towards the Xbox One was pretty stunning.

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