New Xbox Update Removes Netflix Party, Prohibits Class Action Lawsuits
Microsoft's problems with the new dashboard continue.
As the new dashboard for the Xbox 360 is introduced to millions of gamers, some changes are upsetting users. IGN is reporting that the Party feature in the Netflix app is no longer there. This feature used to allow Xbox Live subscribers to hang out with their friends' Avatars while watching a movie or show on Netflix. Microsoft offered this statement about the feature's removal:
"The new app platform on Xbox does not support the video party mode feature at this time, so will not be available in any existing app partners that have updated their app, like Netflix, or any of the new Xbox app partners. The feature is still available in some of our international video apps, like BSkyB in the UK and will likely be included in the next version of the app dev kit. For customers that would like to chat with their Xbox LIVE friends while gaming or watching videos the chat feature is still available via the Xbox Guide."
In addition, Xbox Live users must also limit Microsoft's liability in any dispute to $5 for Xbox Live Gold members or absolutely nothing for Xbox Live Silver members. The agreement states that liability is limited to service, loss of data, viruses, breach of contract, misrepresentation, omission, and negligence, but it later states that "Nothing in these terms will exclude or restrict liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, fraud, gross negligence, or willful intent."
These new terms are similar to the ones Sony included in its PlayStation Network terms of service in September after the multiple class action lawsuits filed against Sony in response to the massive PSN data breach in April. Microsoft responded to GameSpot after the story's release with this official comment:
Customers may also choose to bring their claims in their local small claims court if they meet the normal jurisdictional requirements.
For detailed information, please visit: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Legal/LiveTOU.