Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 13:29 UTC
Games "Sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft's next generation console have told us that although the next Xbox will be absolutely committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in physical form. Next Xbox games will be manufactured on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs, Microsoft having conceded defeat to Sony following its ill-fated backing of the HD-DVD format. It is believed that games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user." Crap like this should be illegal. If I can't buy second-hand games at my local favourite game store, Microsoft can shove this new Xbox where the sun don't shine. Which it obviously doesn't do in Redmond if they can come up with this kind of user-hostile bullshit. You can pretty much guarantee that they have made a silent agreement with Sony to implement similar anti-user feature on the next Playstation.
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I disagree
by vaette on Thu 7th Feb 2013 10:16 UTC
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I thoroughly disagree, how would one even phrase and enforce this law? Don't give legal support for DRM, but don't outlaw it either. Trying to legislate what technology is allowed and not, whether you are on the pro- or anti-consumer side will always end up a race you can't really win, and will create a mish-mash of laws that hardly anyone can navigate.

The law already ensures that Microsoft has to be clear about what they are selling, and that law should be enforced, but it is really none of your business if Microsoft sells activation codes and people who are properly informed are willing to buy them.

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