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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protomank
Member since:
2006-08-03

In Brazil, software is considered a product, not a setrvice. because of that, most EULA are simply trash and have no legal ground. Also, schemes that limit a consumer right to resell are illegal, and government often makes new laws to prevent and ban such tactics for new technologies.

There is even a law that mandates old systems (not supported by the manufacturer) with DRM unlocking completly legal. For example, if you own a Super Nintendo game, your console crashes and there is no new console being made by Nintendo, you have the legal right to dump the ROM and play it on any modern system with an emulator withtout any legal worries.

I am glad in Brazil we have a strong consumer-law, even if this same law is not respected by some conglomerates such as telecoms.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

TBH I doubt Nintendo, Sony or Sega care about ripping off what is essentially abandon-ware now.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I don't think that is true at all. Look at the Wii Virtual console. SNES, NES and other console titles are being sold on these. I think Nintendo very much care.

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toast88 Member since:
2009-09-23

In Brazil, software is considered a product, not a setrvice. because of that, most EULA are simply trash and have no legal ground. Also, schemes that limit a consumer right to resell are illegal, and government often makes new laws to prevent and ban such tactics for new technologies.


The same is valid for most European countries:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exhaustion_doctrine

There have been several legal battles over that in the past already and the software companies always lost.

In Germany, court even already forced Valve to change their TOS in that regard a bit.

I am not really worried, I don't think Sony and Microsoft will be getting far with this.

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