A new online petition at Change.org is calling on Microsoft to reestablish Xbox One’s original yet controversial policies.
The petition’s creator, David Fontenot, described Microsoft’s preliminary policies for the Xbox One as “the future of entertainment”, in which gamers could digitally purchase games, hereby giving them liberty to resell, trade or share such digital licenses. In other words, Fontenot said Microsoft’s policies was like “Steam for Xbox”.
“But consumers were uninformed, and railed [sic] against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty,” the description reads.
As of this moment, 1,278 supporters have signed the petition.
The Xbox One’s preliminary policies required users to connect to the Internet at least once a day and imposed a limit on secondhand titles. With that being said, Microsoft garnered quite the backlash amongst the public. In June, Microsoft announced they have revised the Xbox One’s policies—users wouldn’t need to constantly connect to the Internet, and that secondhand titles would be supported.
Retailers that depend on the secondhand market for sales, such as GameStop, have applauded Microsoft for revising their policies.
Rival Sony’s PlayStation 4 doesn’t require an Internet check-in nor place a limit on used titles. Sony cemented this during their E3 press conference in June, and was met with a standing ovation.