Microsoft holding Non-First Usage Games for Ransom.

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User Info: Atalalama

4 years ago#1
Microsoft is anti-sharing. Thoughts? - Results (10 votes)
Good. Game Lending is SO 1990's.
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Whelp. I'm done. Off to buy a PS4!
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I'm just gonna leave this here...

Xbox One requires game installations, ties to Xbox LIVE account

"There’s one feature of Xbox One from which we can infer quite a few conclusions: You can install any game from the disc to the console’s hard drive, and then play that game whenever you like without having to put the disc in.

Wired asked Microsoft if installation would be mandatory. “On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play,” the company responded in an emailed statement. Sounds mandatory to us.

What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner.

Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.

But what if a second person simply wanted to put the disc in and play the game without installing – and without paying extra? In other words, what happens to our traditional concept of a “used game”? This is a question for which Microsoft did not yet have an answer, and is surely something that game buyers (as well as renters and lenders) will want to know. (Update: Microsoft called Wired after this story was originally published to say that the company did have a plan for used games, and that further details were forthcoming.)

And what of the persistent rumors that Xbox One games will be “always online” – that is, that single-player games would require a constant online connection to function? As it turns out, those rumors were not unfounded, but the reality is not so draconian. Xbox One will give game developers the ability to create games that use Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, which means that they might be able to offload certain computing tasks to the cloud rather than process them on the Xbox One hardware itself. This would necessitate the game requiring a connection.

Are developers forced to create games that have these online features, and are thus not playable offline? They are not, Xbox exec Whitten said to Wired — but “I hope they do.” So the always-online future may come in incremental steps."

-----Now then, my thought?-----

Microsoft is stating that they HAVE to game-lock individual games to individual online accounts (sounding more and more like draconian always online, too...), otherwise people could just pass a game around and install on different systems to play them.

So...what was wrong with the system they used on the 360, where you could install the game to the HDD, but would still need the physical disc to PLAY the game? Hmmm...something's fishy in Bismark...and it ain't the Filet O'Fish. <- Eyegasm: Xrd <- Eargasm: Revolution
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