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Posted 27 January 2021 - 01:53 AM
I don't think any time would have been good. People forget but Microsoft wanted to lock people out of buying used games entirely making it so you couldn't even give someone your disc without first releasing it from your account. Even if you did that, you could only transfer it once, never again. And the great gem; "game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers". Which means you needed permission to sell a game you own. But what if they decide not to let you sell it to anyone but Gamestop or themselves? Very similar to the disaster of online passes.
You couldn't play your games without it being connected to the internet. Which now I guess doesn't sound bad unless you're in an area that doesn't have online. Your offline games wouldn't even start up if they couldn't verify who you are via an online connection every hour.
Kinect also had to always be on which wouldn't be a problem if the Kinect worked properly or if people even wanted to use it as their main controller. Doesn't help that there were no games and it jacked up the price of the Xbox One by $100 - $150.
Microsoft wanted to control the market on Xbox by making physical so terrible that you had no choice but to get digital (despite the every hour check for those games too). I can't even blame them for trying to make as much money as possible but it would have ultimately screwed over Xbox consumers in the long run when they find Xbox digital games aren't going on sale and physical games aren't an option for cheaper games. The only thing that saved Microsoft was undoing those policies. No time that they announced or decided on them would have went over well to anyone.