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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RE[3]: Comment by fran
by Soulbender on Sun 26th May 2013 05:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by fran"
Soulbender
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Digital has a much better profit margin than physical, and by phasing out physical you phase out secondhand sales which take a huge bite out of revenue


It's good that digital distribution has better profit margin but making it a point to get rid of second-hand sales is a bit too much like being a greedy douchebag.
People sell stuff they no longer need or want, that has always been the case. Wanting to stop this just make them seem petty.

and confidence that 1 sale will not be turned into 9 additional sales that they see no return on


Unless those 9 additional sales would otherwise have been of a new game you'd see no increased return on investment. It's not necessarily, or maybe not even likely, that you'd see 9 additional sales of new games and if that's the case, well, it could even be a net negative since your game gets less exposure and mindshare.

With these money sinks out of the way, publishers are free to offer the same sort of massive discounts on Xbox One as we see today on PC’s via services like Steam.


Nice in theory but in practice it may turn out like gas prices: they always go up, never down.

Alright, so more money goes to the developers


Oh come on, we all know that's not where the money will go.

That said, if the game will work as described in that post that seems perfectly ok to me. You can play at your friends house and your family can use your games on your "home unit" (whatever that means).
I do think that in the interest of the consumer you should be able to sell your digitally owned games to someone else at no extra cost, be it Steam or Xbox One. It's really not unreasonable that you should be able to sell something you no longer use or want.

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