Sony Worldwide Studios Boss Shuhei Yoshida has praised Microsoft’s reversal of its Xbox One policies in an interview with Games Industry International.
Of course, Sony emerged from E3 with the victory in hand after smiting the poor Xbox One with its press conference and strict adherence to the status quo of allowing used games and not requiring a 24-hour Internet check-in.
Microsoft soon backpedaled on all of these decisions and had to undergo some serious damage control. The dust has now settled, and many have forgiven Microsoft for its wrongs. Yoshida too has praised Microsoft, stating:
It’s great that they were able to quickly realize that some of the things they were doing were not popular, and were able to make really quick decisions to change some of those things. It must have been a very tough time for them. That shows how smart they are, and it shows their dedication to making Xbox One successful.
Cheeky pestering or genuine praise? You decide! I can’t tell just because of that cookie-eating grin.
Microsoft had some great ideas with the Xbox One, like game sharing, but plenty of awful ones to boot. Sadly, these ideas were an all or nothing affair, and Microsoft gutted all the the Xbox One’s unique positive qualities along with the negative ones. It has been relaxed in allowing some of the ideas back, so we’ll see what ends up in the final product, when it is released on November 22nd, and what lies beyond with future firmware updates.