Wired asked Microsoft if installation would be mandatory. “On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play,” the company responded in an emailed statement... What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner. Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.
Great opinion piece. I had never thought about that "right of first sale" in those terms. Why should video game developers be any different than the movie industry, recording industry, or authors?
Imagine if Car Dealers tried this approach! holy Crap that would suck. Unfortunately this is ultimately going to happen because we currently have governments who prefer to fight with each other than to look out for the rights of the people who put them in office. DAMMIT MS its bad enough this new cable box is retro as hell but does it have to try to take all of our perceived rights as consumers away as well?
MichaelTolano:does it have to try to take all of our perceived rights as consumers away as well?
The only proper response that I can see for this is not to buy into it, until the market brings them to their senses.
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