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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Nintendo has the same problem.

Games are expensive because they have to be printed on media, packaged and distributed. Add to that the fact that retailers will take a cut.

Nowadays, digital publishing allows for much cheaper distribution and Steam has shown that this is a success.
It would completely make sense that digital versions of games cost significantly less.

The problem is that retailers have made very clear that they won't sell physical goods if a digital version is available for less than the retail cost. They boycotted the PSPGO for this reason, and would have happily boycotted Apple except for the fact they have their own retail stores.

While the balance is shifting towards digital distribution, retail still accounts for the larger part of the income of Publishers. Until this changes, games will be expensive and people will have to resort to purchasing second hand goods.

In any case, I think Valve is going the right way with Piston and I'm sure that model will be the doom of Sony and Microsoft.

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