I’m not a huge purchaser of used games, but depending on the how and why this could be one more reason for me not to buy the next Xbox.
One of the ways they could do this discussed in the article is by going digital download only. In the last year my purchases of games via Steam’s digital download service has increased dramatically and all of those games can’t be resold to anyone else. The only reason I don’t have a problem with that is because the games I bought typically were on sale for $15 or less (with most being $5 purchases). Many of them were $50 to $60 when they were released and I was perfectly happy to wait until they were $5 in order to give up my physical copy and ability to resell the disc. It also doesn’t hurt that Steam doesn’t have an issue with letting you re-download any titles you own after you’ve restaged your PC, but that’s less of an issue on the Xbox. For me to even consider going that route on a console would require that the cost of the games drop considerably either from the very start or within a reasonable amount of time after release.
As I said I don’t tend to buy a lot of used games nor do I tend to sell a lot of my used games, but I like having the option to do so. I have some original PlayStation titles that are considered collectors items now that sell for a decent amount on eBay. You want to take that option away then I want something in return.
Of course, this is largely a moot point because I probably won’t buy the next Xbox for the same reasons I don’t own a current Xbox or its predecessor. But if Sony is thinking of a similar scheme with the next PlayStation then the same rules would apply. #seb #videogames #Xbox #PS3
How the next Xbox could stop you from playing used games
A recent Kotaku post cites “one reliable industry source” to suggest that the still-unannounced successor to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 will somehow prevent used games from being played on the system. The idea remains an unconfirmed rumor, of course, but it’s something that members of the game industry have floated repeatedly in the past. It’s also a move that would likely find hefty support from publishers looking for a way to stop what they see as erosion of their profits thanks to used games (th…
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