Sources: Microsoft, The Verge
quote: Under the model of allowing users to install the game to the hard drive and play from disc, there has to be a new form of authentication, otherwise you can simply allow anyone to run your copy of the game. Even with a one-time verification during install, nothing prevents you from walking to a buddies house, signing in, installing the game, and switching accounts. Piracy would go insane.
quote: Why is this such a huge deal? There are no fees required to use an xbox live silver account. If you have an internet connection at all this should never ever be a problem. Auto logon when the console turns on and you're done. Steam has been doing this for years and nobody seems to have an issue with it.
quote: I don't know why you keep comparing XBOX to Steam. Steam is a service. XBOX is a ~$500 piece of dedicated electronic merchandise. The two are very different.When you make a huge investment in a piece of hardware, it should not behave like a service.
quote: Sorry, but this is pure BS and it almost seems that you are trying to confuse people.
quote: I don't know why you keep comparing XBOX to Steam. Steam is a service. XBOX is a ~$500 piece of dedicated electronic merchandise. The two are very different.
quote: MS is going after the used game market, plain and simple. As a result, XBOX users lose A LOT of liberty in how they use their device. This has NOTHING to do with piracy or creating a better user experience.