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They've already said you can disable it, so I don't see it as a negative. I don't plan to use it (I can barely leave a voice mail, not interested in talking to may game console - except swearing at it when things aren't going well of course ), so I don't see it as a positive either.
I'd certainly get a cheaper one that didn't include it if it was an option. But it's hard to directly determine how much you're paying for the extra otherwise. I do consider the extra $100 over the PS4 a detractor though.
I don't even remember why I bought mine. I think it was just on sale for a super cheap price and I thought "why not?" I mainly use it to play blu-rays. Though, I do like that I can play a bunch of old games on it (Sonic, Oddworld, Spyro, and so on). Not that I play them very often.
I dunno. They've clearly stated the business model -they- want. This is damage control.
I love my xbox360, but they've lost my trust here.
I suspect as soon as they figure things have blown over, they'll just revert the terms. Throw out a "required" update to play new games, and oh darn sorry, because of "security" requirements your xbox1 must always be online now... tada. Right back to square one.
I'd suggest extreme patience. Hold off buying a while. Months... Years... whatever. See how it plays out first.
They've stepped too far back. What they should've done was treat games on disc differently than digital purchases. Games on disc should have been treated as they are on the 360 (resellable, no check-in required, etc.) while digital games (yeah, I know, they're all digital but you know what I mean) would require the check-in, be loanable, etc. That way, if you live on a submarine and can't do the check-ins or don't want to deal with the "hassle" of the new DRM, you buy your games on disc and are good to go. But if you want the benefits of the new system, you go digital.
That's not a bad idea. I was a little disappointed they also pulled the benefits of the new system, e.g. sharing games with "family members". I think they missed a good chance to find a middle ground that could have given them a better model than the traditional console game model.
I think they missed a good chance to find a middle ground that could have given
them a better model than the traditional console game model.
Indeed they did. Now, as to the Kinect being a required component -- I'm happy with that design decision. And if I were someone who only wanted to buy my content digitally, I wouldn't expect them to rip the BluRay player out of the machine because I wasn't going to use it.
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