involved, they get a cut too. The developers, the people who actually make the
game, get theirs. When you walk into a GameStop and buy a used game, every cent
of that purchase goes to GameStop. For businesses like GameStop that rely
heavily on used game sales, all Microsoft is basically doing is cutting their
stock. So don't be surprised if the price of a used game goes up a few ticks.
But this business about not supporting the lending of games or even rentals is total crap.
Sure, for a business like GameFly to come along, buy X amount of Y titles and start pushing them out on a rental basis isn't exactly how Microsoft sees the money piling up. But it gets their brand out there on a trial basis.
Someone who only has a PlayStation but has a buddy with an Xbox might think, "Gee I wonder just how good Halo actually is?" So they rent it and play it on their buddy's console. He falls in love, buys an Xbox and before you know it you've got babies with the Xbox logo stamped on their heads.
But Microsoft might as well be playing chicken here. GameFly isn't the only company whose entire business model will be effectively shut down by this move.
Somewhere, a corporate lawyer just imagined doing a Scrooge McDuck dive into a big pile of money from the lawsuit that is coming from this policy.
Kinect Privacy: To calm the mass's Orwellian fears, Microsoft also made a few clarifications on the operations of the Kinect.
They emphasized that their priority regarding the Kinect is on privacy and that each user will be able to control what the device sees and hears. During set up of the device, users will be walked through privacy options and there will be clear notifications on how data will be used.
The example they gave is that if you're just simply having a conversation with someone in front of the device, it won't be recording you. When the Kinect is in it's off mode, the only thing it is listening for is the 'Xbox On' prompt that will boot the entire system. And even that can be disabled.
Microsoft lastly stressed that no personal data will leave the console without the user's explicit consent.
Oh and that they reserve the right to change any of these policies as they see fit at any time. But that's just your usual Terms of Service rhetoric.
So what do you think of all this? Has it swayed away from House Gates? Or will their banner be flying in your living room this holiday season? Give us a shout in the comments below.
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