Originally Posted by RemoWilliams84
I've been thinking about this "phone-home" drm and how it relates to playing offline and the family share plan, but for the life of me, I can't figure out why they can't give us the best of both worlds. So please, poke holes in my plan and give me scenarios where this wouldn't work. I'm sure their have to be some (yay for thinking exercies).
My Plan: Xbox One works the way it was planned before, with a 24 hour phone home policy. This allows you to play your physicaly purchased disks without the need of a disk in the drive. It also allows the family share plan and going over to your friends and playing your titles. All of the good stuff. You would still be able to sell the disks to authorized retailers.
Here's the difference, if after 24 hours, for some reason you can't connect to the internet, when you boot up the console it tells you that you've been kicked into "offline mode" and the console will basically work the way it does now. You need the disk to play your physically purchased games and you still have access to all of your digital downloads on your account on your machine.
So let's say you buy COD on disk, install it to your hard drive, then take the disk over to your buddies and he's playing it offline with your disk. Big freaking deal, he could have done that through your shared library anyway.
At most, you could be allowing one extra copy to be played because you could still have a friend playing the game from your shared library while you play from your console and your other friend has the disk in offline mode. I just don't see that as a very big deal.
The only negatives to me would be that you would have to sell your disks to "authorized retailers", but I really didn't have a problem with that anyway. Also fixes the almost insignificant issue of those poor soldiers who can't play xbox while deployed.
Here's the flaw: You are now selling titles for 50%. Word gets out that games are now essentially Buy-1-Get-1-copy-Free.
How do you control licenses if the software is still useable without needing the disc?
Here's my suggestion. Seems pretty simple and is already the way things already work.
1) DD full games are installable on any XB1. The license is attached to ONE console & ONE gamertag. You can play that full game on the ONE console that the license is attached too either online or offline. You can play that full game on any console that is ONLINE and currently signed into with your gamertag.
2) Disc games are installable on any XB1. You can play that game on ANY console (online or offline) as long as the disc is in the tray.
3) Disc based games can be traded back into MS, for a $10 DD license. The DD license is issued out as a one time use 25 Hex digit code that works exactly as step 1.
These two options solve pretty much every problem in the book. It addresses DD only players. It addresses Disc only players. It address players who have no internet connection. It addresses players who roam from one XB1 to another XB1. It addresses players who want to buy/sell/trade games. It address players who buy used games at a discount.. and do not want to deal with discs.