The lights are on
According to a report based on leaked Xbox development
documents published at the website The Verge, users will be required to
install disc-based games on the next Xbox's hard drive.
The Verge report is based on leaked documents that were
published on VGLeaks.com. In the documentation sent out to developers,
Microsoft states, "Durango consoles will have a Blu-ray Disc drive. Disc media
will be used for distribution, but during gameplay, games will not use content
from the optical disc. An installation system is being designed that will allow
gamers to begin playing while the game is being installed on the hard drive
rather than waiting until installation is complete."
Another part of the document says that Durango "will always
maintain a network connection so that the console software and games are always
Both these facts are leading to further speculation about the
possibility that the next Xbox will have "always-on" DRM and could potentially
lock out used games from being used on the system, something that industry analyst
Michael Pachter doesn't think will happen.
One thing that's important to note: these documents are over
a year old and it's possible that Microsoft's plans for the system could have
Source: VGLeaks via The Verge
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Well I'm still skeptical about the always on DRM rumor, but I wouldn't find it hard to believe that all games will need to be installed. I see some people getting upset but I don't understand why. With the current 360 there is nothing but benefits to installing your game. You don't have to hear the disc spin, the eye doesn't wear out as fast, and you get faster loading times. All of these benefits will transfer over anyway. On top of that with the PS3 a lot of games have mandatory installs of data. If the system comes with a large hard drive and you can play the game while it installs then what is the big deal? If anything you'll get a quieter system that outputs less heat.
If its true with AO DRM,im not gonna be buy´n this thing.
Doubt it'll happen, but if it does, it's not gonna work out well for Microsoft.
Am I the only one who thinks there is nothing wrong with digital only games? as long as there is some sort of offline mode
Since i switched to PC from the 360 two years ago i have played a ton of more games then i usually would, thanks to digital discounts(steam, gamersgate ,etc)with ridiculously low prices. My library (if it was physical media) would take up a large chunk of my wall instead of a extra hdd in my PC case
I realize in 8-? years I might lose access to most of my games, but if you think it, about 98 percent of the games i play, i will not miss or even notice they're gone 8-? years from now, by then games will make these look like junk, if I have my heart set on an old game then i can just buy it again, most likely its going to be only a few bucks after all it will be an extremely old game
This would stupidly lock out all gamers that don't have internet. While that probably isn't a huge proportion of gamers I'm guessing its still a substaintial number. On top of that would be all the people who would abandon Microsoft for Sony, assuming of course that Sony doesn't follow suit.
I always install my games before I play them to save the dvd drive now, so the install thing doesn't really bother me. But if it requires always on internet, or blocks used games, I will not be buying one.
This smells like Microsoft is planning to use DRM, very ugly. Every single leak so far of the next box have created a lot of controversy and negative reception.
I would say not to trust these if they're a year old. MS will have been watching Sony and also publishers closely and will probably avoid DRM after SimCity was released to criticism of it.
If they do this with the always connected to the Internet thing I will buy a playstation 4 instead of the next Xbox