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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Times are changing for worse
by sukru on Fri 24th May 2013 18:39 UTC
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This has been discussed to death, but the console manufacturers and game publishers cannot see the errors in it due to their "maximum profit at all cost" agenda. We actually should not have expected anything else from people who fire their best employees in order to hold back their creativity or bonuses (like the Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed's designers). And continue to cash their cows.

My fear is that Sony has not explicitly said a similar thing is not in PS4. Both MS and Sony has told they are going to allow used games, and technically they do, even if in a completely broken way. If Sony also succumbs to publisher pressure, the end result will be end of games for many people.

They are probably looking at Steam's success. I do also buy a lot of games on steam, however Steam offers reasonable prices, and a lot of positive addons with the purchase (or perpetual license rental in better terms). But it looks like Microsoft will take the worst parts of it (DRM), and will bring almost none of the benefits (except for being able to play games without the disc).

These are not good times in the next generation, and I'll hold on my purchase until they fix this nonsense.

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