Jon R. Anderson
The military comes out swinging against Xbox One’s usage restrictions
It's amazing how many members of our military play video games, and they take their gaming seriously. A large number of e-mails come in from those serving, and we meet many of them at PAX. We think we use games to cut loose every now and then, but I can't imagine the pressure of being stationed overseas, and having video games be one of the few ways to escape what can be miserable conditions.
So, you know, many members of the military are rightfully pissed off that they're being told to go buy an old piece of equipment if you want to play Xbox games. The Xbox One simply isn't compatible with military life and, while Microsoft isn't annoying a giant buying force, service men and women are certainly a group you want to keep happen. Who wants to be the company telling the military they can sod off and buy old shit instead of letting them buy and enjoy new systems overseas?
This article lists a few ways the Xbox One is letting people in the military down, some of which I hadn't thought of. It's worth reading, and thinking about how comforting video games can be in high stress situations. Taking that away for DRM purposes is crappy.