An installable game requirement backs up claims that Microsoft is developing an anti-used games system that requires activation codes for 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs. The latest information leak includes references to an “always on, always connected” console. Previous rumors have suggested that an activation system will prevent games from being sold, coupled with an online requirement for games to be activated.
via The Verge.
The Verge goes on to say that they believe this information is accurate, but they believe it might be out of date.
I hope the shambolic release of Sim City has taught Microsoft an important lesson here. Requiring an always-on connection for the purpose of DRM is not a sustainable, customer friendly approach. And let’s not forget that Microsoft doesn’t have the best recent history or keeping web services available.
If Microsoft continue down this path, I think we’ll see many people opting for the PS4 regardless of how clumsily Sony market the thing.