Bugmeat posted...I use Gamefly almost exclusively so if I get another console it won't be the Xbox. The great thing about Gamefly is that I get to play all of those mediocre games that can be fun for a few days but definitely not worth a purchase. Having to pay an extra fee along with a monthly subscription just won't work for me.
With them offering developers to use their cloud service to handle some of the processes for a game it won't be long before many games require you to be online to play it. It will only be a couple here and there at first. But I can see lots of games doing it toward the end of the systems lifetime simply so they can get squeeze more power out of the system and put out better looking games than the Xbox is capable of doing on it's own.
EDIT: An article I read about cell phones a few days ago has brought a scary realization.
So the government can track you from your cell phone without a warrant because they decided that you should "have no legitimate expectation of privacy" simply because you knew they could do it and didn't turn off your phone. Now apply that to a system that has an HD camera and microphone and what is essentially a required internet connection (has to connect every 24 hours). You know you can be spied on and you didn't disconnect the system to stop that so you should "have no legitimate expectation of privacy"... It sounds crazy until you realize they've already made the decision that gives them precedent to take it one step further and watch you in your home.
Here's the one where they explain that the new Xbox will need to connect at least once every 24 hours.