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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RE[2]: Steam
by ze_jerkface on Wed 6th Feb 2013 18:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Steam"
ze_jerkface
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I'm disgusted by both and Steam fans sicken me.

For years I heard about how Steam is great since they will "pass on the savings" but no one explained why Steam wouldn't just take the retailer's cut.

Black Ops 2 is still $60 on Steam and yet you can find the retail Xbox version for $50. Where did the savings go?

The worst thing gamers can do is cheer away retail discounting and used game pricing pressure. Microsoft, Sony and Steam are not your pals and just want your goddamn money. Retail discounting and used games are unwanted competition for them, it's really that simple.

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