Sims creator and games industry luminary Will Wright has praised Microsoft for rolling back plans to severely limit gamers abilities to share and trade games they've purchased, following a painful consumer backlash.
Describing the response by Microsoft's Xbox One team as “impressive”, the SimCity creator says the current reprieve from restrictive DRM will only be short-lived as people increasingly consume their entertainment online.
“DRM is going to be an ongoing negotiation because there are features to the DRM, or at least Internet connectivity, that is a very attractive solution to the piracy issue,” he told CNN.
“We're coming at this with the mentality that when I buy media I own the disk or whatever for the rest of my life... We're slowly moving to this idea that everything is on the cloud and I'm actually buying rights, and I don't physically own the actual product.”
Following the revelation of Microsoft's original plans to implement restrictive anti-piracy measures that would all but eliminate game sharing and second-hand sales, consumers vowed to boycott the console in favour of Sony's PlayStation 4.
Microsoft caved to consumer pressure faster and more completely than pundits expected.