The minute that Microsoft decided to bundle its very own personal motorised spy-cam with every Xbox One, we all knew we were in trouble, but recent commenters on Twitter and Reddit have been bringing some startling rumours to light:
“I hopped on Upload Studio about twenty minutes ago and tried it out. It is now working for me, and I was successfully able to upload my Kinect footage and DVR footage to both Xbox and SkyDrive. It appears as though the Upload Studio suspension is a 24 hour suspension, as I believe it was for me. However, Skype still does not respond after five hours since the “incident.” This is my experience with Skype: “Was typing to my buddy on Skype, typed a few words of profanity talking about movies, and when I jumped back to Xbox One, it said I was banned from it for the same reason, citing “past behaviour”.
Allegedly, users have found themselves banned from the Skype chat services and the Upload studio for use of the word dick, and past behaviour has been cited as one of the reasons for restricting access to other services that the customer has already shelled-out a lot of money to obtain. Though this blanket-banning is still a rumour, and uploaded evidence is confusing at best, it’s still a worrying sign that Microsoft is deciding to play fast and loose with its most loyal customers.
A published comment from an Xbox Live policy and Enforcement team representative states:
“To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls,” the representative wrote. “Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members.”
When the system is already known for chewing up games and smoking, restrictive measures like this might just see the Xbox One explode in mid-launch like a particularly poorly-made space shuttle. Are these signs of a console being rushed out to meet competitors, or just another indicator that people will be increasingly forgiving of strict control over their consoles?
Time, and further reports, will tell. For now, we’ll stick to cussing out mouthy, unruly children IRL instead.