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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Wrong side of the debate
by sukru on Wed 6th Feb 2013 15:04 UTC
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There has long been a debate on this very topic. Anyone following gaming sites will remember. Sony even has a patent on a technology that does this:

However the debate was between publishers, who has to close studios due to low sales, and gamers who can actually afford games by trading others in. There are many arguments on both sides, but as a gamer I of course prefer to keep my used games. I would not have purchased even 20% of my new games, if I did not know I could resell them after being done (meaning finishing the 8 hours long campaign).

Microsoft seems to have sided with publishers, hoping to bring more games to their platform, therefore increasing its value. On the other hand, gamers will be reluctant to come to that said platform, decreasing the value significantly.

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