Originally Posted by majin662
I agree. I'm trying to err on the side of " they got some real bright guys doing all the talking / sarcasm" . I'm sure somewhere hidden in the halls are a bunch of nerds who really wanted to put a lot of great ideas into this and got beat down by marketing. You know what I mean?
They will need to really strike deals with cable providers but if they can secure some major deals the likes of which GoogleTV was never able to get, then the media features will be awesome. DVR functionality and VOD are the major hurdles atm. And the least likely but equally rewarding if they can turn it around is the digital distrubution ideas. Stuff like steam sales would do alot to reverse a bunch of this hate.
Not sticking up for them at all just saying the amount of fuming is beginning to cloud up real discussion lately (and their every tweet sure aint helping em)
All these features would be nice but again the issue is the required XBL subscription to use non XBL services. This is their current structure. Considering what we're speaking about now, in the event of a ban this would now make even those entertainment features locked off to you.
More and more it's becoming apparent that MSFT is going the cable way with this where you're "renting" a set-top box for ~$5/month after the $499 installation fee and game licenses are valid only for your STB but only as long as you have XBL (cable).
There is no ownership just a horrifically bad licensing system.