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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RE[3]: Steam
by henderson101 on Wed 6th Feb 2013 18:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Steam"
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I have about 20 games on steam, most are cross platform and all were either bundled (in one of those pay what you want Humble Bundle Games deals) or were under $5. Do I care that they are tied to Steam? Not really - makes it easy to set up a new PC or Mac. As few cost me any sizeable chunk of cash, none really matter to me, plus about half of them came with DRM free downloadable versions too (Steam was an added "bonus".)

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RE[4]: Steam
by ze_jerkface on Wed 6th Feb 2013 18:53 in reply to "RE[3]: Steam"
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That's nice, I don't really care about pc gaming anymore and can live without it. PC gamers have voted for Steam and less pricing pressure.

Many of us former pc gamers switched to consoles and don't want to see more power ceded to fewer hands.

Steam charges a royalty rate that is higher than the retail cut and Microsoft and Sony are surely slobbering over the prospect of doing the same.

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