I think there are two other factors to take into account, both of which make this a sensible option for Microsoft to take.
- Future updates will presumably be distributed to both PC and the growing X BOX community. This will put a greater workload on the existing servers if all parties are desperate to update and fly at the same time. Existing users who currently have no problems updating may find that it takes longer in future unless the methodology is changed.
- Those arguing that this is the way software is updated are ignoring the fact that even Microsoft does not force all Windows users to update and install at the same time. Can you imagine the chaos if that happened, and you were prevented from using your computer until the latest Windows version had been installed.
It seems to me that if Microsoft could offer X BOX users the option to pre download and install later then it is technically possible, and at the same time a more efficient method than the present one. The computer systems we use should be designed for customer convenience, not the suppliers. After all we are funding this system, and it’s the third day that I, and many others, have been prevented from using our software due to downloading delays. In three days I have only managed to download half of the 40Gb mandatory update, and then I have to start on the optional content. My Internet speed is slow, but is capable of at least 10Mbps, and my average rate on this update has been less than 1Mbps. Its not a satisfactory service, especially from a company that makes billions of dollars out of software.