I would strongly disagree that "the whole gaming public is left much poorer as a result" While i agree that going back as you say to "Physical Rights Management" can been seen as a step backwards, you shouldn't be so willing to give away the consumer rights we have built up over the last 340 odd years. Microsoft among others want to bring in a DRM system that takes away your consumer rights and they hope by dangling a sweetener you wouldn't notice or wouldn't care. As talked about in the link provided by 'CrazyJoe' Microsoft had this planned even before the Xbox One unveil They wanted to test the water with their DRM and if the consumer didn't care about giving up their rights it a BIG win. If as happened the consumer didn't like the Xbone's DRM they remove the DRM and proclaim to the world, Hey everyone look what your missing out on! I personally wouldn't want to give up my consumer rights just to have the ability to play the same game on two devices at the same time, and defiantly not just to have the convenience of disc-less gaming.