I stand corrected!
A very large percentage of the Japanese population uses their cell phones in ways that would put iPhone users to shame.
Porn? Video games? Or a combination of the two?
You raise a good point Sony's BetaMax system drown in a haze of pathetic VHS Consortium clones... By any reasonable measure it was a superior platform.... save one very important measure.... ubiquity...
More and more games are using newer DRM (e.g. newer versions of Securom) that lock the game to your hardware instead of requiring the CD (e.g. Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 has such DRM).
The benefit to the publisher with this is that they can produce one version of the game for both digital sale and retail stores and from there only one set of patches.
To the systems programmer, users and applications serve only to provide a test load.