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 will kill new game sales
by WildSubnet on Fri 24th May 2013 18:32 UTC
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I rarely buy used games. But I also rarely buy new games at $60, too. Used game market drives down the retail price of new games. This will disappear. New games will hover around $50 much longer than they do now. Some are saying this is the Steam model, but that's simply not true. Steam has competition. By forcing everyone into Microsoft's Database, competition will be an illusion.

Funny thing is, isn't Apple getting ready to get spanked by the Justice department for similar price fixing on e-books?

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Bengar Member since:

It's slightly different though. Apple forced publishers to change the price of books on their competitor's platforms. Microsoft does not have a monopoly on the game market and is not forcing publishers to go down this route with their PC, PlayStation or Wii releases.

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skpg Member since:

No, but Microsoft has a monopoly in the pc desktop market.

Edited 2013-05-28 09:04 UTC

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