And it’s not for the reasons you’d expect.
Online activation and check-ins are anti-consumer. Always. There is no current format in which consumers should expect to be accepting of a once a day online checkin. Microsoft realising this and “adapting” their Xbox One online policies is, unreservedly, a good thing. For us, and for them, since it opens up the remaining 35% of the American population that don’t have a broadband connection as a potential market.
But Microsoft have also removed the few exceptional things about the Xbox One, for no good reason at all. Not needing the disk in the tray to play a game, and being able to share digitally downloaded games – are gone. And why? Because the console is unable to do so without a connection at least once a day?