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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This won't just be Microsoft
by rthrust on Fri 24th May 2013 18:27 UTC
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2013-05-24

I would agree that this appears to a cynical move to kill-off the used games market and get themselves a bigger cut. Furthermore, I can see this being supported by games publishers in general, as it will also allow them to exploit a market that was if scant if any value to them.

However, it seems to be the case that games on a disc or cartridge are going to dramatically decline anyway, as internet use grows and digital downloads become the norm. Consider the explosion in downloaded game use since 2005 when the last generation of consoles launched. Games bought this way will at best be tied to user accounts, and at worst to hardware (Nintendo, I'm looking at you).

It's not a lot different to DRM-protected downloadable videos in some ways. It sucks, but it's coming anyway and Microsoft might be the pioneers, but they are unlikely to be the worst or the last.

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