Originally Posted by Demise
You're assuming the next generation xbox will come with an optical drive. I'm not entirely sure that will be the case. Optical is nearing the end of its lifespan, imho.
I do think Microsoft is up to something right now. My guess is we'll hear something at GDC, maybe a new SKU.
I hate all of these posts these days claiming that download content will replace all. Download movies suck. It is ok for some but a total crap solution for everyone.
Not everyone has a broadband connection.
Not everyone wants to wait 1 hour to DL a movie. With a disk, just pick it off the shelf and play it. If you are too lazy to order a disk online or go to the store that is pathetic.
You can only own a few movies (storage space) and they are locked to one hardware unit. (what happens if that unit needs to be replaced, or you want to watch that movie in a different place?)
The quality sucks. Excessive compression for Dl time ruins PQ, AQ.
You can't have a collection of alot of movies. Storage space is limited. If you just buy disks, you can have as many as you want.
Transportation of DRM loaded DL movies between players not possible. DL a movie via XBL, how can you take it to a friends house (or another player in your house) and watch it on his PS3, BD player, even their 360? Yeah YOU CANT! Way too restrictive. Garbage
Download movies suck. It will never be as good as owning it on a physical media.
DL content is the studios dream. You never own the movie and have to go to them everytime you want to see it on a different platform. This is the Trojan horse they have always dreamed of convincing the public that is a good thing. Remember Circuit city's Divix format that sold cheap but required you to phone home every time you wanted to watch the movie? A failure. That was the first attempt, now the next attempt is Downloaded content. I don't buy it.