Many gamers were overjoyed on Wednesday when Microsoft announced it would remove the most controversial restrictions for the Xbox One after much backlash. No longer would Xbox One owners need to connect their consoles to the Internet once a day or face byzantine restrictions on selling used games when they buy the systems in November.

While the stunning change of heart showed the power of public pressure, the death of these features to quell angry gamers has brought out another set of critics.

It's clear that Microsoft had envisioned a future of gaming that was really, truly always connected -- though some of their assumptions may have been a bit ambitious. The original page on the Xbox site regarding connecting online made the dubious assumption that "every Xbox One owner has a broadband connection."

But Microsoft's original plan would have allowed digital games to be shared with 10 friends and family, with others being able to log in and play the titles. The cloud-based system would mean that software could be available from any console, sans physical disc, and downloaded titles could be shared and sold -- though it wasn't necessarily clear how.

"We think, actually, that having the content that’s yours go with you is an important thing," Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer told Edge, before the company's about-face. "You could have multiple Xbox Ones, your content is yours on every one of them, and it doesn’t require that you carry discs back and forth."

Over at Gizmodo, Kyle Wagner broke down the Xbox One's vision for the future of gaming and how -- perhaps a bit optimistically -- the system's setup would lower game prices. With publishers missing the entirety of the $1 billion the used game market nets Gamestop alone, this new used game ecosystem would mean more money for the people that actually made the games. Wagner likened the system to the Steam marketplace for PC gamers, which despite years of growing pains while working out the kinks, actually ended up becoming the beloved, affordable gaming darling it is today.

At Ars Technica, Kyle Orland saw Microsoft's vision as something resembling Netflix, one where gamers could pay a flat rate to rent games, like a digital GameFly. The problem is that Microsoft did not do a very good job at selling these "imagined" features, instead leaving gamers to dwell on obvious limitations of owning an Xbox that needed a daily Internet connection.

Many have pointed out that the dedication to physical games is akin to advocates of physical music putting down digital songs, which, of course, have become increasingly popular. In a perfect world they envision that the gaming market would go the way of music: an emphasis on digital, but still with a option to buy physical games -- or CDs or vinyls if you're a music fan.

While Microsoft may have quelled an ongoing PR disaster with many gamers beating their chests in victory, it's clear there's still a debate on what was lost in the midst of temporary gain.

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  • This product image released by Microsoft shows the new Xbox One entertainment console that will go on sale later this year. Microsoft is seeking to stay ahead of rivals in announcing that new content that can be downloaded for the popular "Call of Duty" game will launch first on Xbox One. Microsoft says more games will be shown at next month's E3 video game conference in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Microsoft)

  • Show attendees take pictures of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the Microsoft booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft unveils Xbox One on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Redmond, Wash. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

  • Kinect Group Program Manager Scott Evans demonstrates the new Kinect sensor on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Redmond, Wash. (Photo by STEPHEN BRASHEAR/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

  • Press photograph Xbox One following the Xbox One reveal event on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Redmond, Wash. (Photo by KAREN DUCEY/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

  • This video game image released by Activision shows a scene from "Call of Duty: Ghosts," the tenth installment in the Call of Duty series. Microsoft is seeking to stay ahead of rivals in announcing that new content that can be downloaded for the popular "Call of Duty" game will launch first on Xbox One. (AP Photo/Activision)

  • This video game image released by Activision shows a scene from "Call of Duty: Ghosts," the tenth installment in the Call of Duty series. Microsoft is seeking to stay ahead of rivals in announcing that new content that can be downloaded for the popular "Call of Duty" game will launch first on Xbox One. (AP Photo/Activision)

  • PlayStation 4

    A show attendee looks at the new PlayStation 4 at the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • E3 Gaming And Technology Conference Begins In L.A.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: A Playstation 4 and its controller on display at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 booth at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • E3 Gaming And Technology Conference Begins In L.A.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: A Playstation 4 and its controller is on display at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 booth at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Andrew House

    Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House introduces the new PlayStation 4 at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Andrew House

    Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House introduces the new PlayStation 4 at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • E3 Gaming And Technology Conference Begins In L.A.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: A Playstation 4 and its controllers on display at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 booth at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • E3 Gaming And Technology Conference Begins In L.A.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: A fan tries The Last Of Us Sony Playstation 4 game at the E3 Gaming and Technology Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)