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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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

"Microsoft for every game sold and the buyer must also pay £35 just to active what he/she has bought no one will bother anymore


Wouldn't Finnish consumer protection laws prevent this kind of thing though?
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No. You can still sell what you've bought and Microsoft has no say on that, but the laws do not state anything about online services having to play the ball, too; the part where the game is associated with a Xbox Live - account is a service and thus falls under different set of laws.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Oh right, it's for the online service activation.
On the other hand, the game is completely useless without the activation so you're more or less forced to do the activation.
A bit of a grey area, perhaps.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

A bit of a grey area, perhaps.


The laws are simply horribly outdated. Alas, I fear that the situation won't be getting any better here as it's clear that the politicians here have adopted the US-way of thinking -- you know, the one where they're entitled to expensive gifts and donations and the likes which will influence the way they steer the country.

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