Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 13:29 UTC
Games "Sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft's next generation console have told us that although the next Xbox will be absolutely committed to online functionality, games will still be made available to purchase in physical form. Next Xbox games will be manufactured on 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs, Microsoft having conceded defeat to Sony following its ill-fated backing of the HD-DVD format. It is believed that games purchased on disc will ship with activation codes, and will have no value beyond the initial user." Crap like this should be illegal. If I can't buy second-hand games at my local favourite game store, Microsoft can shove this new Xbox where the sun don't shine. Which it obviously doesn't do in Redmond if they can come up with this kind of user-hostile bullshit. You can pretty much guarantee that they have made a silent agreement with Sony to implement similar anti-user feature on the next Playstation.
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Blame the publishers not only Microsoft.
by moondevil on Wed 6th Feb 2013 13:48 UTC
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Of course Microsoft is also a publisher, but in the last years there has been growing an uneasiness among all publishers to even allow a second hand market to exist.

This is why most AAA games now have DLC as a way to prevent the games to be re-sold.

Second hand shops don't need to give any money back to the publishers, nowadays if you read game developer's magazines the phenomenon is seen as worse as piracy, because currently it cannot be legally forbidden.

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