Originally Posted by Drac
The Xbone is bad move by Microsoft mostly because they're removing consumer freedoms whilst not actually giving anything else to compensate.
For me, the part I've bolded was the biggest problem. I didn't mind a 24-hour check-in because I'm never offline for that long. The problem was that the move was made 100% for Microsoft's benefit - the consumer got nothing out of it.
Well, that's not accurate either. The real
problem was that Microsoft failed to sell the benefits to the consumer, which as I see it was their "family sharing" concept.
Originally Posted by Rica
I gotta say I'm a bit disappointed about the reversal. I was looking forward to some of the features that came along with it. Mainly, not needing the disc again after you installed the game. IMO it's a step backwards
You won't need a disc for digital downloads, so if you don't like this change, just buy everything as a day 1 digital purchase and you are no worse off, with the possible exception of family sharing which will need further clarification from Microsoft.
Most of my games for PS3 are digital downloads (thankyou PS+), and discless gaming is so much better.
I'm happy with the move, because I think the original plan was bad for the industry. It had some good concepts, but it was aiming in a very "corporate greed" direction. I would have handled the revision differently though.
Firstly, I would have asked the community directly rather than just going off what the angry mob was yelling. Lay out that removing the check-in was going to cost users the family sharing option and discless play, and ask for feedback from fans, not from nay-sayers.
Secondly, if I wasn't going to consult the community, I would have left the 24-hour check in available as a choice
, and bundle it with something for the consumer like family sharing. If you turn off the 24-hour check-in option or have not checked in, then your entire family sharing library gets disabled until you do. You could still play offline, but your family doesn't get the benefits of family sharing. Easy and fair.
Their used game policy was always a step backwards.