Out of the Blue

The DVD drive in my Xbox 360 had been problematic for a while; sticking after opening part way. It finally stopped closing at all the other day, so while it will still work for downloadable games and media content, the system is useless for playing disc-based games anymore. The drive got flaky long enough ago that I probably could have had it fixed under warranty had I done so right away, but it started out as a minor thing, and the growing seriousness of the problem only became apparent more recently when it refused to open if it was closed with no disc inside, requiring the use of a paper clip in that little emergency pokey hole dealie (EPHD). Anyway, I replaced the unit with a hard drive-free arcade system, since I knew from my pal Devicer's experience with an RRODed system that I could just put the drive from the old system on the new one. Sure enough, this new Jasper-based unit was very happy with my old drive, and I had no DRM issues with downloaded games or content. Funny thing was, I did have to delete games installed from the hard drive and reinstall them to be able to play them from the drive. I'm guessing that's somehow related to preventing the play from hard drive feature being used to pirate games, but I can't figure out how.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 13, 2009, 04:51
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 13, 2009, 04:51
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If you buy something off the marketplace there are two licenses, one tied to the console and the other to your gamertag. So if you were to copy an arcade title and your gamertag to a memory card and take it over to a friend's place, you could play the full version of the game (providing you could log into Live and that it was the gamertag that purchased the game) and somebody at home could play the full version of the game (as it was also licensed to the console).

Things went crappy if you had a console replaced, as you would lose the console license and only have the gamertag one, so you always had to log into Live to play the full version and other family members could not play the full version, unless the gamertag that purchased the game was logged in.

They fixed that a year ago with the license transfer feature that allows you to transfer all console licenses or combine console licenses (if you own more than one) to another console. The limitation is that you're only allowed to do it once a year, I guess to prevent someone transferring their licenses to a friend's console for a weekend.

I think Blue's comment is regarding the "Install to Hard Drive" feature that the NXE brought in. I imagine the install is tied to the console ID, hence the need to reinstall the game disc. Also, I believe he may need to redownload any Arcade titles he purchased if other gamertags want to play the full version when the gamertag that purchased the game is offline. A quick check would be to login to Live using a different gamertag other than the one that purchased the content and see if you have the full or trial versions of the games. If it's trial, you'll need to redownload the games.
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