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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This should be illegal
by ze_jerkface on Wed 6th Feb 2013 18:31 UTC
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This will lead to implicit price collusion on the part of Sony, Microsoft and Valve. It will be a similar situation to Pepsi and Coke where it is in the best interest of both to not undercut the other on price to keep margins high.

This will be horrible for gamers. We're just a few steps away from games being a fixed price the entire generation. Don't want to buy a game for $80? Too bad, go find a different hobby then.

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