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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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.

That isn't true at all. Games are expensive because of development costs, production and distribution are a minor factor. Retailers add to developer profits by advertising and distributing games. They're partners, not the enemy.

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.

Steam has shown what I predicted would happen which is that they still sell digital games like Black Ops 2 for $60 and keep the difference. We're heading towards a future where Steam, Microsoft and Sony will have no reason to discount games. Black Ops 5 will be $75 everywhere and not transferable or worth any material value after purchase. They won't care and will laugh in your face when you ask where the retailer's cut went.

Oh and thanks a lot Steam fans for cheering on a business model that results in a market with less pricing pressure. Thanks a lot.

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