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[Ars Technica] Microsoft: Xbox One licensing plan was “a little… ahead” of consumers

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In the months since Microsoft rolled out (and subsequently reversed) its controversial digital licensing policies on the Xbox One, plenty of people have been asking themselves, "What were they thinking?" According to Microsoft Director of Product Planning Albert Penello, a lot of what they were thinking was simply along the lines of "Man, I hate getting up to change game discs."

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Thought this was a good read, insightful, and had some good points. Not really newsworthy I don't think, but felt like some people might enjoy reading it, and since it is about the Xbox thought it was an appropriate place to put it cheers.gif
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I honestly do not believe the guy.
It doesn't really explain why you weren't going to be able to sell discs to friends, or at least without them paying for this.
Or the limitations on how many times the disks could be sold.
If the intended to just go digital, what's the point in having a disc drive?

Also, the whole 'they aren't ready for it yet' seems to imply it will happen eventually.
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I honestly do not believe the guy.
It doesn't really explain why you weren't going to be able to sell discs to friends, or at least without them paying for this.
Or the limitations on how many times the disks could be sold.
If the intended to just go digital, what's the point in having a disc drive?

Also, the whole 'they aren't ready for it yet' seems to imply it will happen eventually.

It will happen eventually, at least I hope it will. Discs gets scratched and accidentally broken or stolen, and it is annoying that everytime I want to switch games I have to change out the disc, or if I want to throw on a blu-ray I have to switch out the disc. I see where it's going, and I think it's inevitable we will have everything delivered digitally.

The intent of having a disc drive is the same reason a lot of blue-ray players have DVD drives, and why DVD players had VHS ports, and CD head units had cassette drives, etc etc...because there are old games out there that people will still want to play that might not be available digitally, so they want to allow people to play anything they want and not just be limited to what's offered digitally. You can't make the switch to physical-based content to digital-based content overnight, there needs to be some period of time of overlap.

The selling of discs to friends and the limitations on how many times the discs could be sold, I don't really understand it that well so I can't comment intelligently on that. Based on what you said, I would concur it was more of a money grab than anything else. But I think there is quite a bit of truth in this article that Microsoft gets a lot of hate from consumers, unnecessarily so.
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People complain about losing "ownership" of a physical copy and such...

What about half the games on your PC? Downloadble RPG's and such? Those don't come with a disc?

Everyone just makes a big fuss about change. You buy a game you buy it. You want to sell it? Sell the whole account it's linked with like steam.

This isn't new, it's been happening for ever and xbox and consoles themselves are just finally now keeping up with the change do to internet availability and new speeds that make large data transfers easy for the mainstream user.

So I say, who really cares...?
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I'm not too sure whether or not I misread the article.
I'm all for digital content, without a doubt. As you state, changing disks is a massive pain.

I thought the whole article was basically an excuse for licensing of the games, e.g. the ability to not be able to sell them on (well, the problems at least I'm sure you're all aware of). And having to be connecting to be able to play. Which I'm sure we're all aware isn't a good thing.
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