BY: MIKE MAHARDY
JUNE 25, 2014
When Microsoft implemented a massive policy reversal preceding the launch of the Xbox One last year, the company scrapped plans for always-online play, restrictions on used games and the family plan that would allow sharing between up to 10 family members on a console. But the family plan isn't completely out of the question, Xbox head Phil Spencer said.
"We looked at the digital features that we had talked about last year and as a gamer, there were a lot of those features that I think really resonated and were smart features for people who really have a lot of games and maybe play on a couple consoles or have bunch of people in the house or want to share with friends," Spencer said onGamertag Radio. "As I look at our monthly update roadmap, those kind of features are in our roadmap. There is a little bit of a challenge now that you've got DRM on a disc."
Spencer said that Microsoft has to examine a slew of problems related to digital rights management (DRM), and figure out ways to work around them. For instance, allowing players to pre-order and pre-load digital copies of games is slightly more complicated without the family plan, albeit something Spencer said is integral to the console's long term success.
"I haven't given up on those ideas," he added. "There's some complexity now that you've got these discs that have DRM that you've got to figure out. But it's definitely part of our [roadmap] with the overall product."
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