Originally Posted by DayoftheGreek
I might be revealing some personal ignorance here, but can someone explain this to me? I'm not sure I understand the Steam comparisons all over this forum. When I buy a game on Steam (although I don't own a lot), I download it, then install it. I can open the Steam folder and back that game up or give it to an unlimited number of friends. If Steam goes down, or shuts off permenantly, I still have all my games to play offline or through a virtual network or whatever.
Now, I don't think thats the case with the Xbone. Am I just not buying games on Steam that are actually tied to the service?
When you buy a game one Steam, it's tied to your account... sure you can give the files to any friends, but they can't use them unless they A) Also have your account (which is grounds for a permaban) or B) Also own the game themselves (In which case why would you give them your install?).
It's true that if Steam's servers suddenly explode, your library doesn't go with it. Presumably this is not the case with the XBO, because you have to authenticate your library, and if said authentication fails, you're boned. (I have NO idea how the distinguishes it from Steam in any purely functional sense... I've been awake for far too long.)