Still so much FUD being spread around in here...
Now that some of the news has started to sink in I can't help but think that I am still the primary target that MS is going after even though I am now in my mid 30s. I can longer be considered a hard core gamer since I no longer game every night and do all night sessions but i still like to play games every so often and watch people have fun with Kinect during parties at our place.
1. I will always have internet connection at home since I will never bring my XBOX on any kind of vacation/road trip. My internet has never been down for more than 30mins out of the 5-6times it has ever been down in past year or so.
2. I don't sell or even lend my used games. But now I have the option of gifting my game license to friends without ever having to give them the physical disk. Who knows, if there ends up being some kind of digital online used marketplace in the future, I may end up trying to sell my old game licenses. Getting up to go to gamestop, waiting in line and then going that whole sale process, or even just having to physically package a used game to sell to the likes of Amazon is not something I have enjoyed doing.
3. I can "share" my game with my family members who live 400miles away without having to ship them off a game disk. (not quite sure if this is within MS TOS but I will be doing this to take advantage of the 10 XBL account sharing if it will be possible)
4. I currently have 2 XBOX 360s, one for downstairs and one for upstairs, and can't help but feel pleased that I will no longer need to make sure to get the game physical disk from the other xbox to play on the 2nd xbox.
5. Everyone has complained for years about how disks scratching was the primary reason why they wanted to get rid of disks all together. They bitched and moaned how a sratched game disk was the worst thing ever because now they couldn't play their precious game. Now I have the option of downloading the game digitally from MS if my disk gets scratched.
6. The HDMI input for my DirecTV box is something that I am looking really forward to playing with at home. I just hope it integrates nicely into my current setup without too many hiccups (ie how are IR controls for AV receivers going to be handled)
At the end of the day, the way I personally am perceiving MS' stance is that they finally switched to a complete Digital Download license schema that allows sharing and selling of said licenses. Throwing out the fact that there is a physical disk, I am more than ok with the so called limitations everyone is up in arms over because now, for me personally, I would rather have the convenience of being able to access my entire future games/license library from any xbox without any physical media! As I said, i don't sell or rarely buy used games so MS has made my life easier!