One of the new features of the latest update to Xbox LIVE and the Dashboard is the Games on Demand service. Just think of it as Xbox Originals but with new Xbox 360 titles. There aren’t any new releases but there are some stellar titles that will be available next week when the update hits the world on August 11.
Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, Oblivion, BioShock, Need for Speed Carbon and a host of other titles will be digitally provided to you. The stinker in all of this is the price. Microsoft has stated that titles will run between 1600-2400 Microsoft Points / $20-$30 dollars. A lot of these older titles can be purchased for change at your local GameStop or eBay dealer.
Cheaper at retail plus the fact that it’s a digital download isn’t making it very attractive. I can’t trade it in or let a friend borrow it and depending upon my digital rights situation, I won’t be able to play it in some cases. The hope here is that it does better than the Xbox Originals but with these prices, I can’t see much hope.
One thing to note is that you can download your game manuals from Xbox.com if you so choose but really, who does that? And I haven’t even mentioned the hard drive situation and how much space this will eat up. Microsoft says these games will be anywhere from a 4GB-6GB install so that’s around 10 games if you have a 60GB hard drive and 20 if you have a 120GB hard drive.
Realistically though you’re not even going to get the math benefit here because of all the other things you likely have on your hard drive already. So realistically you’re probably looking at 4 0r 5 games with a 60GB and about 12 if you have a 120GB. Can someone say more hard drive options incoming? I fear the price of that.
What say you?