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Microsoft: Digital downloads are the future
GI.biz reports David Gosens emphasising Microsoft’s view that digital downloads will be a key driving force behind growing the installed base of Xbox 360s.
So here is the key question: is the future of digital downloads a walled garden (Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, etc) in the style of AOL in the early days of the Internet, or is it an open technology, available on any platform that supports a browser (like a multi-format version of Steam, Metaboli or Gametap)?
History suggests that closed platforms work for a while, then the consumer gets fed up with restrictions and the open Internet triumphs.
I’m pleased that Microsoft is pushing the digital distribution model, but I desperately hope that in the end, an open platform, accessible by anyone and with no gatekeeper, will ultimately prevail