Originally Posted by onlysublime
no, the key is getting all 10 people on the list. if everybody buys 3 games, that's 30 games. 10 people splitting up 30 games, especially if the primary owner + 1 family member get to play a game. there should be more than enough to go around. and of course, for multiplayer games, it's pretty much a given that everyone will get a copy anyway. who wants to wait for their turn in sharing multiplayer games?
plus, what are the odds that all 10 people play at the same time? maybe if you're a clan. .
Maybe I'm completely off base with my thinking. Here let me think out loud:
Ok, let's say there are ten people in the group. To start off, each person buys one game:
A = buys Forza 5
B = buys Ryse: Son of Rome
C = buys Dead Rising 3
D = buys COD Ghosts
E = buys Battlefield 4
F = buys Madden 25
G = buys NBA 2K14
H = buys Need for Speed Rivals
I = buys Assassin's Creed IV
J = buys Watch Dogs
Ok, so let's say that you are J, the guy that bought Watch Dogs. You come home from work, and the other 9 guys are all online playing. Here are the games they are playing:
A = He's playing his copy of Forza 5
B = he's playing H's shared copy of Need for Speed Rivals
C = He's playing E's shared Battlefield 4
D = He's playing his copy of COD Ghosts
E = He's playing his copy of Battlefield 4
F = He's playing I's shared copy of Assassin's Creed IV
G = He's playing his copy of NBA 2K14
H = He's playing B's shared copy of Ryse: Son of Rome
I = He's playing D's shared copy of COD: Ghosts
Ok, so I'm J. Here are my options:
1. Play my copy of Watch Dogs
2. Play A's shared copy of Forza 5
3. Play C's shared copy of Dead Rising 3
4. Play F's shared copy of Madden 25
5. Play G's shared copy of NBA 2K14
So, those would be my 5 options. I would not be able to play:
1. Ryse: Son of Rome - B's shared copy is already being used by H
2. COD Ghosts - D is playing his own copy and I is playing his shared copy
3. Battlefield 4 - E is playing his own copy and C is playing his shared copy
4. Need for Speed Rivals - B is already using H's shared copy
5. Ryse: Son of Rome - H is already using B's shared copy
1. The chances of the other 9 guys on your list, to all be playing games at the same exact time, is a little ridiculous. I will agree to that. Of course, there will be peak hours when most people are playing, unless you can split up the 10 people and have them in different time zones.
2. You also have to remember about the other 10 people in each of these guy's family plans. Now, if everybody just has the same 10 members in each of their group, that's fine, but if you have a bunch of different people in each person's group, then the chances of their one, single, shared copy being available is much lower. So, you'd really have to get a group of 10 people that all agree to keep all the same 9 other members as part of their group.
3. You have to convince each guy in the group to buy a different game. Basically, you'd have to have a lottery, and each guy would get a draft pick. They rules would be they could choose whichever game they want, as long as the game hasn't already been selected by another member. It would really suck to end up with the 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th pick, because you would be looking at slim pickens. Of course, what you could do, is that it would be serpentine type draft thing, so that when it comes to the next game that everybody has to buy, the guy that had the last pick the first time, now has the first pick, and the guy with the first pick has the last pick, etc, etc.
Hmm, very, very interesting. Yeah, if it really works like this, I could see this being a really, really, really big deal. The key question is how long will this policy last before MS pulls the plug on it. That's the critical thing. Right now, this Family Plan thing is single-handedly leading me towards getting a Xbox One, and forgetting all about the PS4 until infamous Second Son is available. Not only that, but I might even buy two different Xbox One systems, and use two different gamer tags, and then be hooked up with 2 completely different 10 member share plans. I know that sounds crazy, but I'm actually considering it. (one of the plans would have my two sons on it, and I would be hooking up with a couple of other dads that have multiple boys, so that everything would be kinda even in that regard)
Still, you gotta wonder how long this policy will last before the publishers scream BLOODY MURDER.
I mean, if you look at that list above, you could potentially have everybody buying a different game. On the PS4, 10 people could all end up buying Watch Dogs, but on the Xbox One, it wouldn't really make sense for everybody to buy Watch Dog's. Even if all 10 of the members were super into Watch Dogs, it would never make any sense for more than 5 members to get that same game. Seems like if I'm Ubi Soft, I'm not too happy about this idea.Edited by Anthony1 - 6/18/13 at 5:16pm