If people just bend over and allow companies to fiscally fist them then the trend is going to continue. Microsoft are clearly catering towards developers and publishers this gen by allowing them to milk the last lumpy dribble of profit from a products tit.
Consumers will be screwed over:
- If your internet connection is cut off for an extended period, you essentially have an ovepriced bluray player.
- The odds of discounted games in the online store are slim if they have a firm stranglehold over the used games market.
- The servers won't stay up indefinitely, there will come a time where the "Xbone" won't be capable of playing games.
It's fair enough to argue the same about Steam, but they offset it somewhat with their massive discounts, Steam work shop (mod support), extensive list of demo's, ability to play games offline and even free games. Valve do at least acknowledge the consumer whereas Microsoft show blatant disregard.
I hope their console fails spectacularly.