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Old January 25th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #1: [Thread] [Post]
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Apparently, Microsoft doesn't want you to play used games on their next Xbox

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This is just a rumor for now, but if it actually happened my interest in console gaming would be at an all time low. I buy several new and used games every year, and being forced to turn those used purchases into new purchases doesn't sound very appealing.

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Old January 25th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #2: [Thread] [Post]
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If the next XBox did it, and Playstation didn't, the XBox would get slaughtered in sales I imagine.
 
 

 
Old January 25th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #3: [Thread] [Post]
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I'm not sure they could do that, without losing a LOAD of customers.
 
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Old January 25th, 2012, 10:17 PM   #4: [Thread] [Post]
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If they would drop the price of brand-spankin-new-in-plastic-top-tier-titles for 40$, I don't care if it reads my finger prints to make sure too many people aren't playing off one disk. If the market (and prices) stay the same, it would definitely delay the time it takes me to upgrade to next gen consoles if they didn't play used games.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 12:38 AM   #5: [Thread] [Post]
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Being that the source is through the port-a-potty of a website, Kotaku I have serious doubts of its legitimacy.

If it does turn out to be true I think it would turn out to be one of those business decisions everyone on the board loves, but once executed they realize just how much money they've lost because of it. I think if they really want to combat money lost on used games they'd have to implement something like Steam.

On the other hand anything that can hurt Gamestop business is okay in my book. Screw that place.
 
 

 
Old January 26th, 2012, 11:50 AM   #6: [Thread] [Post]
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Microsoft is not this stupid. Sony or Nintendo would not do it, and blow them away in sales. If all three did it, the gaming industry would face a bigger financial loss than used games are perceived to cause. No used games=less games bought overall. So I repeat, Microsoft is not this stupid. In fact, I think this is a "testing the waters" rumor.
 
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http://www.joystiq.com/2005/11/08/pl...ay-used-games/

So we are going to go through this again. I'm pretty sure the Wii U doesn't have any anti used game software coming. So I don't think this is going to happen. They may however try a Digital distribution only method but I'm assuming that would fail too.
 
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Old January 26th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #8: [Thread] [Post]
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Absolutely no way they will go with a digital only distribution model. Too many of their players don't have XBL accounts. Same goes for sony. Anyway there are already rumors that the next xbox is going to use Blu-ray as it's disc format (is anyone really surprised by this?)
 
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I don't really care if they do it or not. If Microsoft wants to lose an audience of gamers then so be it. I just don't get the whole used game argument anyway. I mean, retailers like GameStop make their money off of used sales, and if they take those away then GameStop would die off. I know a lot of people don't like GameStop, but they are one of the largest/most popular retailers for NEW games. Plus, for a game to be "used" that means the game was bought as "new" and sold or traded. Don't the game companies already get their money by then anyway?

I don't know enough about the financials of the situation though, so I can't really say anything further. I doubt Microsoft would be so blind to actually go through with this though.
 
 

 
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The company's reasoning behind losing money on used game is as follows:

Person A buys game new.
Person A trades in game.
Person B buys game used.

So you have two people who played a single copy of the game, but they only got money for the initial purchase.
 
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The company's reasoning behind losing money on used game is as follows:

Person A buys game new.
Person A trades in game.
Person B buys game used.

So you have two people who played a single copy of the game, but they only got money for the initial purchase.
And what the companies don't realize is that if Person B had to pay the full new price for that game, in many cases he/she wouldn't buy the game, giving the same result. Add to that, what if the game is a hit and spawns a sequel? Person B is more likely to buy a sequel to a game he or she has actually played. I've done this. I bought Fallout 3 used because I'd heard good things about it. New Vegas came around with the same gameplay, and I bought it new. Mass Effect. Dragon Age. Shadow Hearts. Wild Arms. Elder Scrolls. I could go on.

This is what I do, and I doubt I'm alone. If I had to buy the first of the games I purchased in each series new, I wouldn't have bought them. New games are an expensive investment, and I'm on a budget. I have to plan to buy new games.

It's actually kind of insulting to me that just because I don't make a lot of money, they don't want me to have games. I refuse to potentially waste 60 bucks on a game I might not enjoy. That could be food, music, or a holiday gift.

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I wait for a price drop for most of the titles I buy. If it's part of a series I enjoy, that is the exception. I rarely ever buy games used anymore; I just don't trust people to take care of their games, and I don't trust used retailers to give me a working disc 100% of the time.
 
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I don't trust people to take care of their discs, either. That said, I can't remember if Gamestop does it or not, but the game store I buy my games from now checks them out. If I'm ever browsing with a little spare cash in a Gamestop, I have the clerk check it (and let me see it too) before any money changes hands. If it's f*cked up, I ain't buying it.
 
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Quote:
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The company's reasoning behind losing money on used game is as follows:

Person A buys game new.
Person A trades in game.
Person B buys game used.

So you have two people who played a single copy of the game, but they only got money for the initial purchase.
You missed a step.

Person A buys game new.
Person A trades in game.
Person A used money from trade to buy new game.
Person B buys game used.
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