Posted Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:48 AM
I am all for the MS bashing. They deserve it, however its foolish to think that Sony is somehow this this great company that really understands the consumer. I believe MS just had the arrogance to say what everyone else in the room (Sony & Nintendo) were thinking. Yes, how they did it was terrible and the implementation seemed very poor, but to think Sony is somehow this great company all of a sudden is pretty laughable. They got very lucky that MS was the one to announce such measures first. For all we know they had something similar planned and pulled a 1-80 behind the scenes. They not only got some free market testing by seeing the response to MS, but they also probably got a bunch of new customers.
I am not defending MS though, my friends and I have been bashing them about almost every decision they have made from the day they announced the stupid name of the system. The biggest mistakes MS made were being arrogant and trying to force a change on the customer. You must let the customer make that change by giving them the option. This will most likely be the last generation with physical media and will probably last just as long as last generation. Who knows, it may be the last generations of video game consoles as we know them. I know many people here are collectors and don't want to hear that, but its most likely the case.