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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So uncosumer friendly
by Drunkula on Wed 29th May 2013 12:40 UTC
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2009-09-03

To me this is akin to buying a car. If you end up selling the car the manufacturer no longer get's compensation for it (they've already been paid)- the seller does.

Yeah I know about how software isn't sold, it's licensed. That in itself is complete bullshit.

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RE: So uncosumer friendly
by jigzat on Wed 29th May 2013 23:55 in reply to "So uncosumer friendly"
jigzat Member since:
2008-10-30

Actually the manufacturer might get profit after the original buyer re-sells it in the way of technical service or parts, of course there is a parallel third party business.

In any case cars and car manufacturing is not a good analogy for many reasons, one of them is that usually you re-sell your car years after having buy it (unless you are one of those able to renew car every 6 months), with video games you usually play it in a month or even less and that was it, with very few exceptions you might get to play it once every year if not you just resell it or lend it while the game is still being sold.

There are ways around it, as I said I don't think their concern is lending games to friends but making a business around that in they detriment.

I like the PS3 way with PSN games, you could get your friend to give you access to their account and that lets you install the game in up to three consoles more, if your concern is lending to friends.

In my case I don't buy used games but I usually never buy them at launch, I just wait until the price gets cut by the reseller.

Edited 2013-05-30 00:01 UTC

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