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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Truthfully though second hand games are such a rip off.

Second hand games cost less than new games. If you think they are overpriced then buy new. It's called a choice and getting rid of that choice will take away pricing pressure on new games and so even gamers who buy all new will be affected by this.

Also to the steam argument, one thing Steam has going for it which actually adds a lot of value, is the fact that once you buy a game, that game license is valid on any platform Steam supports.

How is that value for the majority of gamers that only run Windows? With retail I can play a game without needing to get Valve's permission and when I am done I can give it to a friend or charity. I have given dozens of games to charity but now we get to march towards a future of $80 lifetime rentals under a megacorp's ever-changing terms.

I did not put up with Steam's $60 digital games sheep shearing BULLSHIT and if Microsoft/Sony pulls the same stunt then I will divert my entertainment funds to other venues. I don't even buy used games so they will have to make up my losses from someone else.

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