Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th May 2013 17:26 UTC
Games So, the Xbox One disaster continues. Microsoft's policy for dealing with the used games market has reportedly leaked - and it's a clear and direct attack to destroy the used games market. Prices for used games will be set at the retail value of a new game, and retailers have to hook into Microsoft's computer systems and comply with Microsoft's terms and conditions.
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Also Steam, Origin and UPlay do exactly the same thing and nobody batters an eyelid. The level of hypocrisy is astounding.

Both Origin and UPlay suck arse, to be honest. I have never heard of anyone actually liking either service.

Valve atleast works hard to try and keep Steam relevant and improve it. Also, one of the reasons why people tend to give Steam more slack is because the games simply are cheaper than console games -- especially so if you just wait for the various sales that Valve arranges on Steam all around the year! What little I've checked in on PSN on the PS3, for example, their "sales" consist of a mere handful of titles and the price reduction is 5%-10% whereas Valve offers hundreds of games at reduced prices during both the summer and Christmas sales and even 90% reduction in price ain't unheard of.

Basically, getting games on the PC is leaps and bounds cheaper than on consoles. And because they're so much more expensive on consoles people want to be able to buy and sell used games so they can save a penny here, a penny there.

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