The Daily Five: Lousiest Next-Gen Features/Requirements

June 20, 2013 | By | 9 Comments

PlayStation 4 + USTREAM

When Sony announced that it was going to provide gamers with the opportunity to stream live as they played, it was a pretty cool feature to include with the PlayStation 4. However, while Microsoft was landing the superior streaming site, Twitch, to provide a similar feature to Xbox One owners, Sony was having to settle for second best, U-STREAM. Sadly, USTREAM just isn’t the same as Twitch and the quality of stream isn’t up to snuff or comparable. It’s a minor blow, but it’s something that makes the feature pretty lousy in comparison.

Disc Required For Play on Xbox One

A really cool feature that Microsoft was offering is the ability to play games after you install them without the disc. Unfortunately, with yesterdays news of removing the DRM features of the Xbox One, gamers lost the ability to play games without the disc in the tray. Honestly, we wish this was a feature offered by both consoles and while Sony doesn’t offer it either, it’s a blow to Microsoft to have to remove it. It’s a lousy situation to have to give up one thing to get another.

First-Day Patch to remove DRM

Yesterday Microsoft announced that gamers would be able to remove the built-in DRM on the Xbox One through a release day patch. And, while this was great news for many gamers, the sad truth behind it is that gamers who do not have access to internet are still in the exact same situation that was screwing them over in the first place. Hopefully Microsoft can remedy this situation by providing the upgrade via launch titles, but it’s unlikely. This is a lousy requirement that only gets worse given what side of the fence you’re sitting on.

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