Heavy words to say before the system comes out, but if IGN isn’t lying and really verified the information they just published, Microsoft could be starting knee deep in their own shit.
In their video and article released tonight, IGN has revealed that a site called VGLeaks has released screens from the Durango Xbox Development kit and that they have verified the source and that these really are what the site claims it is. And while the screens show some nice features have been applied, the big news is very very bad for gamers who wanted to keep their gamer score.
Documentation within the screens point to the new machine requiring games to be installed onto the hard drive to play and using the disc only as a means to transfer the game to the hard drive. Playing from the disc is not going to be a choice you have.
I'm not the first to suggest this, but what I see in this is DRM, limiting your game to either your console or your XBL account… in essence, the END OF USED XBOX GAMES. And for console gaming, neither we, nor the common console gamer who buys used to save cash, can begin to approve of this. Our disapproval ultimately doesn’t matter, since it is based on the lowering of prices in a closed market combined with the ability to preserve games for others to play years later. BUT the gamers who want used games will leave in droves should this be true.
All I can say is Microsoft better hope their gamerscore addicts are as addicted as they believe… otherwise, they could well have just handed the living room to Nintendo and Sony and made room for Valve to get in easily.