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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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.

Why would a business model like Steam result in a market with less pricing pressure?

I don't like the DRM on Steam, but it's not really bothering me, because Steam just works and I think it's really easy and handy.

Aside from that, they have regular sales on games, and if you can live with waiting a bit before getting the newest games, you can get big discounts on games. The standard price on Steam is similar as the price in regular shops. However, I think that probably 90% of my Steam games was bought at 75% or 50% off. For sure a better deal than in regular shops. In the end I might have spent the same amount of money, as I would spend in a regular shop, but I end up with more games.

Another thing that I like about Steam, is that they make indie games more accessible. In my experience, it's easier to find out about indie games, and it's easier to buy them.

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