Originally Posted by Brutuz
As I said before, there's a limit to that still...Even if you manage to get it down to half the game, that's still 25GB and 3 hours of waiting. I could catch the bus and buy the full game in less than that, let alone drive.
If you don't turn it off, their systems will predict that you're going to want the game and download it before you buy it. If you don't buy it it just gets deleted eventually.
Which, oddly enough, tend to be machines similar in specification to the actual console iirc.
Depends, but there are exceptions.
I was under the impression that UK and AUS had nearly identical laws in that regard, my mistake. Just because it's nearly unenforceable doesn't mean it's not enforced when it's discovered.
My point still stands, and would you rather piracy that has people support the game publishers and the console maker but not the brick and mortar stores, or the type of piracy that only MS arguably benefits from (Due to hardware sales) once the Xbox One ends up cracked? (Nb: I know that overall MS wouldn't benefit, as lost sales would draw publishers away from them)
M$, just like Sony, is betting on that being a long ways off.
So, why can I use this system for the 360? Make it so that you have to register the game to your XBL Profile online at least once, can play offline with the DVD in the tray or online without it. Easy, it's no more online than Steam in that way, and the game is tied to your profile.
Your profile isn't tied to your console, so you can take a console offline and give away games without logging into it. Physically having the disc doesn't mean you haven't given the game away.
But that's the thing...Why bother with the cloud computing? It'd have to be optional at best because of people with patchy internet, longevity, etc.
Well it's definitely optional for developers to use, but M$ is betting on it being commonplace by the end of this generation. Sony is betting on GaiKai, which requires even more.
And honestly...The games are good, but the console and the ideas behind it are FUBARed, I'd respect MS more at this point if they said "Look, we stuffed up, we're gonna make it so you don't need to have a Kinect and that you can play offline with certain fair restrictions" than if they keep trying to weakly justify it as they are now.
The presentation is more FUBARed than the actual ideas.
That's exactly the thing people don't realize...It just has to be once that the lack of internet screws you over and you've got an angry customer.
In the age of tethering cell phones, for their target audience that's going to be exceptionally rare.