Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st May 2013 21:38 UTC
Games At an event earlier today, Microsoft unveiled the next Xbox - the third model, but confusingly named Xbox One. The big focus was TV, integrated Kinect, and all the other stuff we all expected to be forced down our throats. I think it took them 25 minutes to actually come to what should be the core of the story: gaming. Nothing groundbreaking in the gaming department, except for how Microsoft intends to handle the used games market and borrowing games from friends: pay up, buddy!
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RE[2]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by bentoo on Tue 21st May 2013 22:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by lucas_maximus"
bentoo
Member since:
2012-09-21

They are fighting down the used-games market, not piracy, with this solution.


This was really inevitable with major publishers (EA, Ubisoft, Sony, etc.) already charging for second hand copy access to certain features such as online play, or not allowing transfer/sale at all (Steam).

However, I'm not sure what stake Microsoft has in limiting the used game market. I have to agree with lucas that this is at least partially related to piracy and IP protection.

Piracy will always find their ways, such measures will hurt honest customers in most cases.


Actually, this hurts Gamefly, Redbox, and the like the most.

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kjamc1982 Member since:
2007-05-09

[q]They are fighting down the used-games market, not piracy, with this solution.


This was really inevitable with major publishers (EA, Ubisoft, Sony, etc.) already charging for second hand copy access to certain features such as online play, or not allowing transfer/sale at all (Steam).


EA recently announced that all future games will not have an Online Pass. Maybe, this fee is what is replacing it.

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BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

Yeah they realized they could force more people to buy the new version of a game by simply shutting down the online servers for the 2 year old version.

Online Pass has become technically illegal in the EU too.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Microsoft will have some sort of special programmer for resellers, they've said as much on the Xbox One's FAQ.

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judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

If that is the case then they are breaking the law in several countries. Resale of a used product can not be limited without written consent by the customer and can not be enforced by the seller without consent of the judicial body that approved such an contract.
If one gets to resell, then all have the rights to resell.

This might not be the case in the few EULA countries, but in most others.

On the other hand, the expo on the new device made it very clear that it is aimed at the US/CA markets primarily.

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