Friday, February 08, 2013

Always Online - No Used Games - Speculation!

I bring you this piece with a word of warning that nothing is 100% confirmed until it comes out of the mouth of Microsoft.

The new Xbox system may have an “always online” requirement, Xbox live verification at each sign-in, register every game you purchase, oh and Blu-Ray (so 6 years ago). So um, 1 out of 4. Yea.

Ok here’s the deal. Take this as a rumor as best as you can. The article was originally posted by Edge Magazine and they state the sources are from those inside Microsoft working on the new system. Of course they can’t, and don’t, name names. The official Xbox 360 magazine has already counter-argued on their website that fans shouldn’t take this all to heart.

From where we're sitting, walling-out pre-owned and insisting on a broadband connection would be madness - broadband penetration isn't nearly comprehensive enough to justify such a move, and 'requiring' consumers to do anything is a fine way to ensure they take their custom[er] elsewhere.

And it’s true. By forcing such high demanding restrictions on the market is silly. Even when you consider the fact that the internet isn’t available everywhere. Yeah I know guys, that seems weird, but there are pockets of the world without internet access, let alone broadband. A number of people in the U.S. are limited to dial-up connections.

By making such extreme demands they would lock out quite a few potential customers. Not 5 of 10, but millions. Which is why this idea of Sony making a system that would prevent used games from being played is equally as silly. And if it does happen, be prepared for a huge backlash and a run on Nintendo systems.

We all have to keep in mind that while these businesses want to curb the sale of used games, they also understand that consumers are looking to those products for a reason. It helps drive sales of their systems, and then the internet subscriptions, and then the avatar items. Everything works together. It’s in Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo’s best interest to continue allowing consumers to play used games on their systems. It’s simple business logic.


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