... Alternatively, this DRM really was MS's brainchild and is part of their plan to make money off the used game market. This rumour
, supposedly from retail sources, claims that MS is imposing terms on retailers that want to resell XBO games and that MS and the publishers will get the lion's share of the profit. Maybe MS saw another avenue to make money, got the publishers on board by offering them money too, and failed to anticipate the scale of the backlash?
Very interesting!! I don't see what's so objectionable about this arrangement other than the 24 hour mandatory log in. As long as there is pricing parity, from the perspective of the consumer, nothing's changed. The retailer has a smaller profit margin, but let's face it... They've enjoyed an outrageous gross profit on the used game market anyway. You buy a new game at $60, play it and you go back to the store, they give you $20-$25 back... $30 at the most. They then sell your game for $55. There is room for the publisher to get a piece.
All in all, I'll have to see how the PS4 is going to deal with this. If this is a Microsoft initiative, this could cause publishers to favor that platform.