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[3]: Steam
by snowbender on Wed 6th Feb 2013 21:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Steam"
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Black Ops 2 is still $60 on Steam and yet you can find the retail Xbox version for $50. Where did the savings go?

Did you find Black Ops 2 for PC cheaper than 60$ in retail then? (No point mentioning the Xbox version since it's not the same thing.) It's not because you have Steam installed on your pc, that you can no longer buy games from retail. Actually, depending on where I get the better deal, I buy the game from retail or from Steam.

You mention Black Ops 2. I noticed that the retail price of Black Ops was pretty high (definitely until before Black Ops 2 was released) even though that game is already a couple years old... The price for Black Ops was high both on Steam and on retail (50 euro). I was surprised by that because I have the impression that in recent years most games drop in price a lot faster than about 5 years ago. I noticed that with most popular (PC) games the price starts around 50-60 euro, and drops to 25-30 euro after only a couple of months. But Black Ops stayed on 50 euro after over a year and I still don't get why.

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