What are the microsoft monkeys up to now?
"We have ways. We have ideas. Look at cell phones. You can have snap-on faceplates, you can change the skin and the batteries, and you can change the ringtones. I think we need to have a global foundation, and then personalise within region."
Hopefully he's referring to snap-on "Le XBox" faceplates for les frenchies, or .. something. I hope he's not referring to regionalised disks. He is, isn't he? Shit.
Going on to discuss the possibility of a hard-drive for Xbox, Allard again lent weight to escalating speculation that moving state mass storage might be an optional extra for Xbox 360, or not included at all. "My cell phone is incredibly personalized without a hard drive," he said. "One reason is because of the great connection to the service."
Ah yes. Server-based services. No downloading and storing. No backing-up. Bad customers, control them with dumb terminals! Authentication systems. Passwords.. or worse, privacy-invading permanent connection addresses, à la Sky. Waiiiiiil! And worst of all, probably not backwards-compatible. Bunnie to the rescue?
(Yup, that was once an XBox.)