Major Nelson Addresses DRM Concerns, Silencing Don Mattrick and How PS4 Isn’t a Threat

Larry Hyrb, ladies and gentlemen.

Major Nelson
A Reddit user recently got in touch with Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, the community manager for Xbox, and obtained a wealth of information regarding the Xbox One. Despite the official Redditor’s E3 interview, which confirms a few of the details, there’s a ton of other stuff here to take into account. Take it all with a grain of salt as usual, but considering the user’s credibility (most likely a journalist, since he went to E3 and by judging by his profile here), it’s hard to discredit.

Regarding the current opinion of the Xbox One, don’t count on Microsoft changing their DRM strategy any time soon. In fact, they’ll be working to “educate” gamers about the benefits of their policies

It’s also revealed that the 24 hour check-in is a means to update your library, for when you lend games to friends. Which is funny because the with game trades limited, why would it need updating every 24 hours? No good answers there and no clear understanding as to why it inconveniences consumers.

And say goodbye to leaks, since Microsoft is also working on a system where games can only be activated on release, no matter when you buy them.

It also looks at the PS4 as “Xbox 360 version 2″ due to the lack of social and multi-tasking features. The company doesn’t even see Sony as a threat. Even better, it believes that the PS4’s graphics RAM will run hotter, besides not being as optimized as the Xbox One. Thus leading to both being evenly matched or, believe it or not, the Xbox One performing ahead.

The good news is that the company sees Don Mattrick as some one who is making them look worse, and is working to muffle him.

As for military personnel playing consoles: the defense given is that PS3/PS4 won’t be allowed on DoD networks. So the whole issue of military members switching to the PlayStation while on deployment is a non-issue. Scroll down in the comments on that thread, and you’ll find military personnel who agree – but state that they can still play offline. Also, how would that inspired a switch to the Xbox One, since it needs to be online?

Nelson also talked about changing the messaging and marketing campaigns to support those whose friends would be jumping to PSN. He said they understood that and were going to be working to actively change the messaging and marketing campaigns. Hilariously, they don’t feel that pre-orders will determine the console war until both consoles are released.

He also pointed out that unlike the free games you get on PSN, the two free games per month on XBL are yours forever. Whereas if you cancel your PS Plus subscription, you would lose those games.

As for whether the check-in period would be removed if the user had the physical disc, Nelson stated he’d get back to us on that. Thoughts?


  • Dakan45

    ” they’ll be working to “educate” gamers about the benefits of their policies”

    Yeah ea tried that, YOU WRONG WE ARE RIGHT SCREW YOU, BUY OUR GAMES.

    Didnt work so well.

  • The REAL

    I have an Xbox 360 ..and I would say about 20 percent of the people on my friends list are playing pirated games , I’m not guessing that they are playing pirated games I know they are . They are careful not to play them while signed into their profiles to avoid being caught , I believe this is one of the reasons Microsoft is willing to take this position on DRM .

  • Reid Hartz

    “PS4 isn’t a threat.” Take a look at the pre-order figures, bub. Your console’s already been buried by this so-called non-threat.

    “PS4 = Xbox 360 version 2.” That’s supposed to be a bad thing? Perhaps you should have tried to make the Xbone more like a successor to the 360, and less like a DVR you get for free with any HD cable package?

    “PS4 RAM will run hotter.” Oh, is that why half of the Xbox One is made of plastic venting? Because your consoles RAM runs so much cooler?

    If Don Mattrick is the problem child, what does that make Major Nelson? The problem child with brain damage?

    • John Apeli

      You are an idiot if you think pre-order numbers 5 months before launch show which console will sell the most. How many non-hardcore gamers do you think actually pre-order?

  • El_Gran_Catracho

    This fucking guy is a Pinata of quotes He’s reaching Don status.

  • leejohnson222

    this is major nelson we are talking about here, he talks trash all the time, and his arrogance saying sony is not even competition shows how condescending he is. Maybe nintendo is also not a competitor, even though in the states this week the 3ds outsold the 360 console.

  • Kade

    This article is oozing with bias. “Even better,” “Hilariously,”. Also, simple errors are present in the article such as missing punctuation. There should be a period after “their policies”. Overall, a very unprofessional and poorly written article detracts from what is being expressed in it.

  • gamerguy

    His comment about how “the games you get on XBL are yours for LIFE, unlike PS+” is total fucking BS – its the fucking SAME as PS+ and WORSE!! Since you HAVE to be online with yr xbox, HAVE to have a xbl subscription, and if you can’t go online you CANT play!! I can play my PS+ without having to be online. Smokes and fucking lying ass mirrors! Morons just take it as gospel, fucking morons!

  • Dan

    So the psn games won’t be yours unless you have an active subscription. but the xbone is differnt because you only have to have had an ative subscripition to xboxlive within the last 24 hours?

    • http://gradly.net/ Gradly

      lol

  • CrazyUncleRex

    Sooooo I buy a game from MS XBOX1, play for a few days then go back to work. I’m an over the road trucker, gone for weeks at a time, this means I loose that game after paying for it? That would make me want to buy a SONYPS4. Screw the Halo series. I play because it releases tension built up after being pounded with deadlines, DOT Officers, cranky shippers/receivers and the mass quanities of idiots I have to put up with on a daily basis, Truckers too, OK?

    • CrazyUncleRex

      Oh yeah, PS has one of the best BlueRay palyers money can buy. XBOX is lightyears behind in this area. Just sayin……

  • Matias

    “He also pointed out that unlike the free games you get on PSN, the two free games per month on XBL are yours forever. Whereas if you cancel your PS Plus subscription, you would lose those games.”

    Yeah, but if you cancel your Live subscription you lose a lot of console functionality, so… I don’t see how having Halo 3 on my library helps.

  • Adam

    in a thew years hes going to be going for an interview for sony and there reply will be NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • UnfrozenCavemanGamer

    Microsoft is betting on the fact that soccer moms and softball dads have no clue what changes were made to DRM, connectivity and distribution models and they said so themselves. “I think it’s fair to say there’s a segment of consumers at this show (E3) in particular who really pay attention, who are very passionate about all aspects of gaming, and that we listen to closely. In a broader set of community, people don’t pay attention to a lot of the details. We’ve seen it in the research, we’ve seen it in a lot of the data points.” They are betting their future that consumers will be blind sheep and buy their console simply because the mainstream media tells them it is available, no matter what restrictions there are. They are also betting that hardcore gamers do not have enough influence on society to inform them. http://www.examiner.com/article/what-really-grinds-my-gears-of-war-microsoft-hopes-you-aren-t-paying-attention

  • UnfrozenCavemanGamer

    There is one guy going through and voting down any negative comments about Xbox1 lol. Fanboy much?

  • LongWangSilver

    “educate”? How arrogant can these guys can get?

  • HalfBlackCanadian

    Doesn’t make everything all of a sudden okay, but an interesting and informative link just the same.

    http://talkingship.com/wp/2013/06/18/xbox-ones-drm-explained/

  • Heathrow Alan Winston III

    This guy is such a scrotum, talking out of his ass like he does…

  • Russell Gorall

    I can’t imagine anyone being excited about what has happened to Xbox in the last few years.

    Larry Hyrb is far from a saint in this matter, he has been enforcing the lies out to the media for quite some time.

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