After the connection problems this weekend, which have prevented access to offline games on Xbox, the community criticizes the controversial DRM system of Microsoft consoles.
Xbox Network servers have had problems with operation during the evening intensity for three days. Gamers complain that sometimes it is impossible to even run single-player games, which should lead to consideration of DRM changes.
Yesterday evening, Microsoft’s technical support department apologized to users in Europe. These ” have been having problems turning on downloaded titles or starting Cloud Gaming sessions,” it wrote on Twitter.
Xbox Network has had similar problems for the third evening in a row . Some players suggest that the recently introduced option to play Fortnite on iOS via Xbox Cloud and the related influx of users is to blame.
The argument is supported by the fact that the problems are also related to the streaming service needed to perform an unusual maneuver. A separate question, however, is why even single player positions need to be “verified” by the network .
Should Xbox change its DRM policy?
Following the fix of the Xbox network issues, the community is trying to make their voices heard calling for changes to the Xbox DRM policy. There are some influential voices, such as Parris Lilly , presenter of the Xbox Showcase 2021 , who have spoken publicly about the problems arising from this controversial system: “The Xbox outages have made it clear that something needs to change with their DRM policy, games that are downloaded to my console should have a window to be offline and playable without checking in. Hopefully we get some clarity and a solution to avoid this issue again” it said in a tweet.
Also Jez Corden, from Windows Central , has criticized the DRM system of Xbox consoles: ” it’s utterly unacceptable that ppl can’t access even offline games on their home console due to this outage“, he commented before speaking about the inconsistency between the need for DRM in some games and not in others, alluding to the fact that it is the publishers who request to have this additional verification process even in offline games . From Does it Play? , the Twitter account that uncovered the problem of the CMOS battery , have added that this arbitrariness occurs exclusively on Xbox and not on other platforms like PlayStation or Nintendo Switch.