Originally Posted by Jeremy Anderson
But more than anything, I still ask the elephant-in-the-room question: What would YOU do if you were Microsoft and Sony? How do YOU design a system wherein you're installing a library of games to a device from disc-based media and then not requiring the discs for the game to be played WITHOUT the game somehow being passed on to another person to install on theirs? That's the issue that no one seems to want to address. While it sucks that console games are now being moved closer to the PC model of DRM, how is it not a necessary evil given what they're trying to do? What system would YOU recommend to deal with this?
You really can't with the publisher and hardware manufacturers self imposed policies. As said before I'm not sold on the underlying arguments in the first place that cause them to implement these policies, but I digress.
But there's the other rub, what exactly is the benefit of buying a physical disc at all
anymore? It's only a way to transfer a license or data, you will already be buying digitally technically since it's tied to an account and you didn't need a disc in the first place. I have no idea why gamestop and retailers would sign on to this, because if they're betting consumers won't realize that, they're pretty stupid.
Unless MSONY is going to institute even more
anti-consumer policy as far as DD goes to make disc seem more attractive...
There's huge benefit to DD. You could do things like pre-download encrypted and unlock right at 12:00:01 am on release and it's ready to go. But maybe thats a gold service (for a fee)? Maybe you're don't get it at all to make discs more appealing? So there's that question: what artificial barriers on DD are they going to put up to justify physical disc sales and keep retailers happy? Whats the cost to consumers? We know DD cost less to create and sell, and it appears those savings are not going to be passed on as lower prices.
It's increasingly clear the heavyweights in the industry are looking to increase their margins and just pocket the difference at no benefit for their customers. Thats terrible.