Originally Posted by 3rdamention
Yes or No..
Will Microsoft bring back any of the pre 180 DRM policies outside of family sharing (they have already entertained bringing ifamily sharing back in the future)? Examples would be the inability to share or lend disc games, the inability to trade or sell disc based games, the once a 24 hour online check, kinect required to be plugged in. Will Microsoft bring any of these back in the future?
I think a clear answer would help some people with trust issues and Microsoft. Just look at the crazy poll results on this forum asking the same question....
I don’t want to open up an entirely new issue here, but here’s my shot. I don’t see that ever happening with content you’re buying today either on disc and digitally. All of that DRM stuff was in place because there was no physical security on the disc itself, so all the licensing was done digitally. When you build that type of model, then you need to make sure people can’t install games on a bunch of machines, then unplug them. That would have made us an awesome Pirating machine, and that can’t happen for obvious reasons.
When we went back to disc security, those DRM policies weren't necessary. So no reason to turn it on later.
If there’s ambiguity, it’s because it’s possible that, in the future, IF WE ADDED BACK some of those family sharing ideas we had in the beginning, we’d have reintroduce similar types of policies. So IF you wanted to have a game and have that family sharing, always-in-the-cloud, and digital loaning – then we might add those requirements back. You can imagine a world where we have both types of models at the same time.
Again, big IF, but the bottom line is I wouldn’t worry about us making those policies “retroactive” which seems to be the issue I hear people worry about.