In an E3 interview with Reddit Games, Microsoft Xbox Community rep Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has clarified another concern of the Xbox One's heightened Internet-authenticated DRM system, seeming to definitively confirm that access to purchased games would not be revoked as a result of a ban from the console's Xbox Live Internet services. (thanks VG247
In the video interview
, with the question being "If someone is banned, whether their fault of not, will they lose access to the games they purchase?", Hryb's exact words were "Absolutely not, you will always have access to the games you purchase. Absolutely not.".
Surprised by the interviewer's positive response to the answer, Hryb then commented "well, you had to expect that", seemingly oblivious to the enourmous level of concern and distrust in the platform's proposed licensing system and the numerous negative possibilities is presents for consumers. Only after the host further questions about a scenario of getting banned for griefing, does Hryb elaborate that "well, you're gonnagetaplaplaymultiplayer", which we can only presume translates to something along the lines of a player only getting banned from the game's multiplayer component in such an instance.
That Microsoft had not had the foresight to reassure interested consumers of this outcome earlier is just another of many missteps in its communication to the public about the new system, so it seems rather apt that it has only been confirmed in a very dismissive manner by a guy wearing a silly hat.
Over the course of the interview, Major Nelson is given a couple of opportunities to promote the benefits of the tightened DRM system, and the 'family sharing' feature, whereby a user can elect to share an assortment of purchased games with a select group of friends and family, is the single point made as a positive justification of the increased software security.
We've tried to make sense of the matter ourselves previously in this article
, and a few weeks and press reveals later, the reasonable justifications for diminishing consumer rights to purchased games are still looking paper-thin.