Xbox One is basically Steam in console format, claims anonymous MS engineer – rumor

Saturday, 15 June 2013 20:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A person claiming to be an engineer working on Xbox One has compared the new console from Microsoft to Steam only in a console format – over on Pastebin no less.

Pastebin has become very popular of late, even a PR talking points/canned answer document on Xbox One was posted through Pastebin over the weekend.

Basically, if you go through the entire wall of text posted regarding Xbox One and DRM – the majority of which is posted on Neowin – you will see statements such as:

“The goal is to move to digital downloads, but Gamestop, Walmart, Target, Amazon are KIND OF FUCKING ENTRENCHED in the industry. They have a lot of power, and the shift has to be gradual. Long term goal is steam for consoles. [...] If you always want to stay with what you have, then keep current consoles, or a PS4. We’re TRYING to move the industry forwards towards digital distribution… it’sa bumpy road..”

and…

“The thing is we suck at telling the story. The whole point of the DRM switch from disc based to cloud based is to kill disc swapping, scratched discs, bringing discs to friends house, trade-ins for shit value with nothign going back to developers, and high game costs. If you want games cheaper then 59.99, you have to limit used games somehow. Steam’s model requires a limited used game model.

“The DRM is really really similar to steam… You can login anywhere and play your games, anyone in your house can play with the family xbox. The only diff is steam you have to sign in before playing, and Xbox does it automatically at night for you (once per 24 hours). It’s a long tail strategy, just like steam. Steam had it’s growing pains at the beginning with all it’s drm shit as well. [...] For digital downloads steam had no real competition at the time, they were competing against boxed sales. At the time people were pretty irate about steam, (on 4chan too…) It was only once they had a digital marketplace with DRM that was locked down to prevent sharing that they could do super discounted shit.”

and also…

“Everyone and their mother complains about how gamestop fucks them on their trade ins, getting 5$ for their used games. We come in trying to find a way to take money out of gamestop, and put some in developers and get you possibly cheaper games and everyone bitches at MS. Well, if you want the fucking from Gamestop, go play PS4.”

So, yeah. We honestly have no idea if this is an actual Microsoft engineer or not: we just tell you things; thus, the rumor tag attached to the post.

But it’s probably fake.

Xbox One is out in November sometime.

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