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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loonies
by l3v1 on Sat 25th May 2013 09:18 UTC
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The retailer can then sell the pre-owned game at whatever price they like, although as part of the system the publisher of the title in question will automatically receive a percentage cut of the sale. As will Microsoft. The retailer will pocket the rest.


Well, that's fairly clear, to some extent (publishers and MS want more money, unsurprisingly). What is not clear however, whether one'd be able to just give a game to someone, for free, basically transfering ownership of it, without any monetary compensation. Of course we all know what we can expect at this point. Yet, the big problem is that they simply do not come out and explain all the terms in a simple and clear manner, which is in itself a collective screwfest of all interested people.

Well, the least I can do is express myself clearly: if I can't give or sell (i.e. transfer) a game easily, quickly and optionally free to someone, then I won't buy it in the first place.

Lots of places I can spend my money with less hassle. Just get the point.

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RE: loonies
by BlueofRainbow on Sat 25th May 2013 12:03 in reply to "loonies"
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2009-01-06

From what seems to emerge you won't be able to give it for free to a friend unless one can de-register the game from the system first. If de-registration can only occur via a MS recognized used-game-store, then giving it for free won't work - I doubt very much a store would do this service for free.

It does not seem possible to give away (for free) a downloaded tune or e-book. Also, Amazon and Apple are developing ideas (patents) to profit from the secondary content distribution market along with others like ReDigi.

The need for the distributor of the content taking a cut on its re-sale is a bit ludicrous. It would be like the great-great-great grand children of Leonardo da Vinci taking a cut of the resale of every pieces of arts ever produced by him.

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