Today’s Microsoft Xbox launch comes with a required two-gigabyte update to access the most basic of the console’s features. Owners are effectively left with an expensive lump of plastic and silicon without it.
Similar mandatory or essential updates were needed for Sony’s PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Wii U. Even Apple’s latest iPhone 5S had a day-one bug fix update for iOS 7.
How long before day one updates become a horrific feature of all technology launches, with vendors shipping effectively useless products? And what happens when that update fails?