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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I agree with what your saying and see it already with the vita and the ps3, it pisses me off that a digital download costs more than physical media.

That's a really good point and I'm glad you brought it up.

I'm not familiar with the Vita but I know with the PSP Go Sony kept most of the library at a fixed price even for games that were half the price at retail.

Retailers put pressure on gaming companies to lower prices to boost sales and the retailers themselves will sometimes take a hit as part of a promotion. Companies like Wal-mart and Target don't even care that much about profits from game sales, what they really want is for you to buy games from them to get you in the store so you pick up anything else you need while you are there.

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