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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RE[2]: Comment by fran
by lucas_maximus on Sat 25th May 2013 19:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by fran"
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We will see.

There is the argument:

Okay, fine. Let’s say you’re onboard with money going to developers instead of retailers. That doesn’t make gaming any more affordable. Or does it? This move towards an all-digital future is hugely beneficial to publishers. Digital has a much better profit margin than physical, and by phasing out physical you phase out secondhand sales which take a huge bite out of revenue. With these money sinks out of the way, publishers are free to offer the same sort of massive discounts on Xbox One as we see today on PC’s via services like Steam. With physical overhead gone, and confidence that 1 sale will not be turned into 9 additional sales that they see no return on, the possibility space for innovative marketing solutions opens wide up, and if Steam’s any indication, people will want to take advantage of that.

Alright, so more money goes to the developers, and it’ll help keep costs down. But what if I just want to bring the game over to a buddy’s house and play on it there? Well, you’ll be able to. The games are tied to your LIVE account, and your LIVE account exists in the cloud. Go to your friend’s Xbox One, log in to your profile, pop in the disc, and you’re good to go. What if you’re home, but different people in the house have different LIVE accounts, what then? Also no problem. The games are tied to a single LIVE account, but any other account on the owning account’s “home unit” are free to play the game as well.

Maybe what is happening on Steam will happen on Xbox One.

Who knows at the moment?

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