I have never seen a plane crash. I have seen the aftermath, and I have seen many planes take off. I have never viewed a plane unsuccessfully land. I have seen videos of course, but I have never felt the moments that lead up to that very instance where the hull of an aircraft becomes violently torn from it’s own body. I do expect the next generation of video games to resemble that act.
We don’t realize it but with the next generation of video game systems may end up causing the global crash of the video game market as we know it. The main issue is where to point the finger. Who should be blamed for this soon to happen occurrence The customers who actually buy their games? The pirates who illegally obtain their games through illegitimate needs? Or the evil development companies who attempt to tack on as many ways to limit your gaming freedom?
As we know at this point, both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 will both have some sort of used game Digital Rights Management (DRM) system built into their consoles. Technically, this doesn’t give the user the right to “own” their game, it’s more of an extended rental period where the game operates according to the standards that companies create. To make it clearer, if the game requires you to be online constantly, then you need to be online to play the game. If you find a way to play the game without being connected online, then you are looking at a lawsuit.
The problem is that we have so much DRM constraints, that this could very well cause the crash of the entire industry.
EA Games wants to support the Xbox One because the system has these features that will end up possibly making more money for them. The problem is that the system hasn’t been released yet so it’s hard to estimate if this kind of tactic would actually work. They are putting all of their eggs in one basket in hopes that the Xbox One’s sales will succeed that of the Xbox 360.
But here is the problem for EA. There is this invention called the internet, and for some reason companies don’t want to look at it as an existing entity of forceful persuasion. There are tons of people who are already protesting the system. There are also people protesting the DRM on PlayStation 4, hoping that Sony can become the white knight of the next generation console war. But that’s not gonna happen.
See, the Wii-U doesn’t have these DRM restrictions. They don’t have a used game policy. But we backed that system in the corner because we haven’t seen any hardcore gaming titles meant for the Call of Duty gamer. Instead, companies like EA games threatens to not make games for the system, using the poor performance as a catalyst, when in reality it’s the fact that the system does not support the used game or online policies.
Now, this is where the wings of the aircraft fall off. If the Xbox One doesn’t sell because of the people who don’t purchase the system due to these restrictions, then companies like EA games have ultimately failed. This leaves the entire market at a stand-still. The only ones left standing will be the independent developers and kickstarter campaigns.
Here is another twist, the crash doesn’t depend on the consoles selling, it’s all based on if the games themselves sell. We only use the console as the stepping-stone for the next generation titles. See, if they did include backwards compatibility, then there would be no reason to look at the next generation of games. I could still take my copy of Watch_Dogs and hand it to my friend to play. If I purchased a next gen system, then I am forced to purchase games for that system instead of playing some of the older games. With Microsoft stating that they plan on supporting the 360 for an additional 5 years, there is no reason to focus on the next generation when the current generation has everything that you want.
Microsoft doesn’t need to count on third party companies though. Remember, it’s also a set-top box, recording all of your shows, watching you make motions, listening to you. So when the crash does happen, the clean up crew can just open up that indestructible black box and really find out what went wrong.