Originally Posted by Anthony1
Wow, that's crazy. Man, that really sucks. You'd think Microsoft would realize that some families have multiple Xbox 360's, and buying map packs for each 360 in the house is a bit ridiculous, when you already have to buy 3 copies of the damn game! I think the downloadable content should be tied to your IP address or something. If you move, you call MS and give them the new IP address or something. That way, if you own 5 different Xbox 360's you could put the DLC on all 5 of them. Or however many 360's you have.
I agree with you. But that doesn't mean publishers care. It's all about more money to resell you the same products you already bought.
That's the difference between physical product that the buyer has the freedom to let everyone in the house or friends to share them. We can sell or donate the physical products to anyone if we choose. With digital products, sharing even with with others in the house is bad for business. Sony may started with 5 consoles sharing but I don't know long that's going to last. Publishers never like that.
I try to skip as many DLC as possible until the GOTY/Ultimate edition comes out with the DLCs on disc. But this is also going away because several GOTY games came out later last year included a voucher to download the DLCs. Examples are Uncharted 2 GOTY and Borderlands GOTY. Mass Effects 2 on PS3 kept some DLCs on disc while some as download using a voucher.
Another heavy DRM restriction is buying movie downloads from PSN Video Store and Live Marketplace. With Live, same DRM rules apply as Arcade games and DLC. But on PSN Video Store, the DRM is almost a joke. Only one PS3 console is allowed to play the movie but all PSN accounts on the same PS3 can watch the movie. But all other PS3 consoles are not allowed to download the movie you already bought. Even you backup the movie and then restore it to another PS3 using the PSN account that bought the movie, the DRM will not allow you to play it. If you replace your PS3 console, buy the same movies again. Also, each PSN account is locked to one PS3 console to buy movies from PSN Store. So, if you have two PS3 consoles, you must have two different PSN accounts both with funds to buy the movies.
That's the joy of buying digital products. We don't own any of them, just the license to use them with a lot of restrictions if we own more than one account or multiple consoles.