Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 10:47 UTC
Games More and more evidence is pointing towards the next Xbox requiring an always-on internet connection in order to play any games - i.e., once you lose your connection, you can't play any game at all. Three minutes after losing your connection, "your" game will suspend itself and stop playing. Microsoft's Adam Orth took to Twitter to defend this anti-consumer practice, but he did so in the most ungraceful of ways.
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RE[4]: Comment by Chris_G
by kwan_e on Fri 5th Apr 2013 14:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Chris_G"
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"I'm not a business person, so I've never understood this practice. Why would I want to prevent someone in another country from buying my wares, especially if I've never spent an advertizing dollar in that country and it costs almost nothing to deliver it?

As I said, control of the market.
For example they could plan to sell at a later date, when the demand in the other markets has gone down, or want to sell a slightly different product, or want to have "exlusivness" as a bargaining chip when negotiating with local distribution channels, etc.

I fail to see how it actually controls the market. As I said, they wouldn't have to negotiate with local distribution if they just allowed it to be bought online outside of a country. With "multimedia" any delay is likely to just cause interest to die down.

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