Rumor: Xbox 720 Won’t Play Used Games
RUMOR: It’s currently rumored that the Xbox 720 isn’t going to let the consumer play used games.
There is no concrete data to confirm this at all but the idea is something interesting to think about. Video game publishers have been fighting harder and harder in recent years to combat used games sales with online passes, preorder dlc, dlc codes for new copies & more. These publishers argue that used games sales cost them a lot of money each year since they don’t see any of the money from a used game sale.
Consumers and retailers like Gamestop are strongly opposed to these strategies. Consumers like having the ability to sell back a game they no longer want or play. Games costing $60 a piece is a lot of money for the average person and having ways to lower this cost helps them play more games. Retailers like gamestop make a much, much higher profit margin on used games sales so thus they don’t want this to end.
It’s a bitter battle between these two groups as both have valid arguments. It’s not exactly hurting Activision that much with a game like Call of Duty, but it’s the smaller publishers and game developers that get hurt the most from piracy and used game sales. All of their eggs are in one basket. Many good developers have gone out of business from having their one big game flop in sales. Blame is however not easy to place directly on used games sales or piracy since it could have been lack of marketing or lack of quality in the product itself.
Having a console that prevents used games from being played would be detrimental to a company like gamestop since so much of their profit is from used games. Consumers would be up in arms in protest if Microsoft decided the battle for everyone by giving in to publishers. On the flipside, smaller publishers would finally get to know if it truely was used games that caused a game to flop.
What are your thoughts of this issue? Do you think the next generation of consoles should ban used game sales? What good or bad would come of this in your eyes?