I'm not arguing over it, the whole article/comic was complete nonsense. I'm just struggling to understand why BajiRav can't achieve what he's describing without the original X1 DRM, because everyone else is already doing it. If you want to be 100% digital today, you can be.
Retail games man, that's why. This isn't about just games sold digitally. MS wanted a way for those that sill prefer to buy physical copies of games to have a way to tap into the positive features that usually were restricted to digital only titles. PC gaming offers a similar option, but there is currently no options that allow for digitally trading or reselling a game that was bought physically.
Plus, there are other drm schemes that could achieve what MS wanted, the 24 hr check in was not the only option, so who knows why it was chosen. They chose badly that's all.
That isn't what BajiRav brought up in his OP though. I'm aware of all those reasons and more why people believe the DRM was good. Fact is, it's not required to achieve it as demo'd by Valve/Steam and MS even saying they'll bring back some of the features.
I find it really ironic when people who are arguing for an all online console with DD but then moan about their bandwidth caps. Because MS' inital plans would have stopped that being an issue?
As I said before, the reason the drm existed in the first place had to be because people still want to buy games physically. MS considered going digital only, but then reality hit them in the face and so they tried to create a hybrid system that would still allow those physical purchases but tie it all under one digital management umbrella.
MS is clearly going to bring back features they had planned, just focusing on digital purchases and leaving retail purchases as they are. That means they don't need to worry about managing retail purchases in that system.
Also, I don't think the point being made is that the 24 hr check itself was great, just that the features related to tying physical games to a digital system could be good. I know there have been people that defend the 24hr check itself, but I don't get that at all. There were other drm options that would have worked and most people would have accepted them.