Wouldn't it be nice if you could go and download all the ported games that you originally bought for Windows?
"Buy" a game in Steam for Windows, and your copy of Steam for Linux using the same credentials will get the port once it's published. And vice versa.
by the time you decide to buy the ported game, they're already obsolete.
Tell that to Nintendo, whose Virtual Console prints money. And tell that to Turner Classic Movies, TV Land, and Antenna TV, television networks that specialize in reruns.
The DRM on DVDs, blurays and (for the most part) console games is set up primerally to prevent copying
But the way it happens differs noticeably among these three, particularly with respect to homemade works of authorship. DVD allows anybody with a camcorder to master and burn a disc; in fact, my uncle's Sony camcorder records directly to 80 mm recordable DVD. The game consoles, on the other hand, allow only licensed publishers hand-picked by the console maker to master discs. And the qualifications for licensed developers and publishers are set more for poaching than for nurturing startups, in that a developer or publisher has to have verifiable commercial success on a competitor's platform before it can become licensed. Blu-ray Disc is somewhere in the middle: there's a split between "AV" discs, which anyone can burn but which lack menus, and "MV" discs, which have menus but require the publisher to buy an AACS license.
For a particular physical media format to go away, there have to be a superior format and a migration path. By the time the iMac came out, other physical media to replace the internal floppy drive were ready, namely Floptical, Zip, and LS-120. Over the next few years, external CD-RW drives and USB flash drives provided other alternatives. USB floppy drives provided a migration path, and even a decade and a half later, I can still buy a USB 3.5" floppy drive. I'll grant that the 5.25" and 8" floppy drives aren't widely available in USB, and USB floppy drives may have trouble reading non-high-density floppies, because unlike with high-density 3.5" floppies, PC manufacturers never could agree on a modulation for those. But it's still possible to skip a few generations at a time when format shifting.
If you're talking about an alternative to using physical media at all as a method of distributing copies of motion pictures to the public, that won't happen until there's a replacement. Both of these need to happen:
- 1. Movies and TV series need to be made available through streaming rental within a few months after they complete their run and stay available for decades.
- 2. Rural areas need home Internet connections with at least 100 GB per month cap, not the 10 GB per month cap that satellite plans tend to have. Customers in these areas tend to buy optical discs to supplement the free-to-air TV that they do get.
I don't see how Disney is likely to agree to #1 given its "vault" practices, and I don't see how #2 will be achieved with the crony capitalism prevalent among United States telcos.
"Cheapskates" and "people who don't care about the benefits offered" are not synonymous terms.
I apologize. I was confused by some Slashdot users who have called me a cheapskate for not caring about the benefits offered by, say, a smartphone with a $35/mo data plan over a dumbphone with a $7/mo voice-only plan.
And small wonder that a film that only appeals to niche collectors would be released using the format that appeals to niche collectors.
I saw it more as a trial balloon for eventually dropping DVD and its weaker DRM, just as the home video distributors had dropped VHS.
anyone who can fit their entire life in 300GB can use the cloud easily enough
How so? iCloud only goes up to 55 GB, and that tier costs $100 per year. Besides, with ISPs capping uploads and downloads per month, some rawther severely (5 GB/mo for LTE or 10 GB/mo for satellite), it can take several months to get data in and out of the cloud.
Could they devise a cheaper disk cabinet that plugged just platters in and used a common controller?
SyQuest did this, as did Iomega with the Jaz drive. CD-R and DVD+R ran them out of business.
Get ready to stream 90 GB 4K movies?
Not as long as ISPs continue to impose caps even on premium tiers of home Internet service. And I see discs remaining popular in rural areas where the best available ISP is satellite, which has a cap well below 10 GB/mo.
even with disks games still require DRM servers
Since when do games for any PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, or Nintendo DS product require a server for single-player, split-screen, or LAN play?
[Cheapskates] will see no reason to purchase anything more expensive than DVDs
Until movie distributors start skipping DVD and going straight to BD, AD, or whatever for new releases. The film Ishtar, for instance, skipped DVD.