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They kind of had to, or Sony was going to take them to the cleaners with the PS4. The company certainly didn’t communicate effectively how in most of the decisions that were being panned could in any way be positive for consumers. Also, even though developers and publishers dislike used games, I have yet to see compelling evidence that it significantly affects game sales. The removal of the requirement that the XBox One be connected online in order to function is probably positive. I can see making it where the owner has a strong incentive to have a persistent connection, but the reality is that in many parts of the US (and world) there is still a lack of high speed access, so making it mandatory would make the much XBox One less attractive to those potential customers. On the downside, it slows integration of the cloud with gaming, but I don’t think most gamers care about that.