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Microsoft: We don't want to upset Xbox 360 retailers with Games on Demand

Neowin: "There are tons of rumors about how the next version of the Xbox may have an always-on Internet connection in order to keep consumers from selling their retail disc games. However, for the current Xbox 360 console, it appears that Microsoft wants to keep its strong relationship with brick-and-mortar stores and will avoid selling major games day-and-date with their retail releases."

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MikeMyers1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

This is another reason why the no used games and always online rumors don't make much sense.

fermcr1283d ago

A lot of people buy new games, play them ... and sell them after they are done with it to buy other new games.

If the no used games is implemented in a next gen console, i think a lot of gamers are going to be more selective about purchasing a game (or wait until the games are much cheaper), that way decreasing the sales of games in general.

silenius1283d ago

Well... lets just wait for the E3 and see what they are going to pull.
I think that all this rumors so far are too far fetched.
Why would someone shoot their own leg with no used games and always ON internet connection.
So far I have not heard a single good thing about the next Xbox. Not a SINGLE one.
And Im wondering why?
Is it a type of retaliation from the consumers for being screwed for their dying consoles and their yearly subscription and not new exclusive IPs?...

who knows :/

dcbronco1283d ago

@fermcr

Some will wait. But most won't. There isn't a popular product out there that people wait on. When the next CoD releases people will buy it. All of the boycott and wait talk is just that. The reality is that any good game is only $5 cheaper used. Any unpopular game will quickly drop in price because it doesn't sell. The few people that won't buy because of blocks will be off set by the people who now have no choice. And far more will buy new than won't buy because of there being no used.

Pure and simple. Good games will sell no matter what. Bad games weren't going to sell much anyway.

-Superman-1283d ago

"in this time, we're trying to figure out how to fit that in to the whole digital landscape shift."
Microsoft is saying that they trying to look how to put all those games to digital.

Bigpappy1283d ago

Well there are a few websites that like to push these rumors, and they have found a willing audience here on N4G who are more than willing to sell any negative Xbox rumor as FACT. This reminds me, a bit, of the last U.S election. When I watched FOX News, They would always show one or 2 polls that showed Romney leading in key states. When I look at the main stream media, other polls had Obama winning big. The results came in and FOX New was in chaos. I suspect the same could happen here. People who live by rumors usually end up in shock and disappointment

Simon_Brezhnev1283d ago

LMAO i saw the samething with the election. I didnt think so many people notice was fox was doing when comparing with other channels.

ALLWRONG1283d ago

N4G and maybe a few forums are really the only places on the net making a big deal over these rumors.

If you go by what the "horde" says here. These rumors are fact and set in stone, even though MS has released absolutely zero info on the next Xbox.

Be careful with that kind of truth around here Bigpappy. They already taken you down a bubble, wont be long before you're down to one.

Jek_Porkins1283d ago

The funny thing is, Microsoft doesn't want to piss off retailers for Xbox things, but also because they sell a ton of other things at retailers. If they were to tick them off, it could spell big trouble for Microsoft.

This is exactly the reason they wont do always online or block used games, would mean suicide. I know Microsoft gets the most flack on this site, but as far as I'm concerned, they haven't pushed the digital agenda as much as the other companies, which I'm thrilled about.

AngelicIceDiamond1283d ago

Exactly, MS doesn't offer day one distribution like Sony with current gen. And well, we know why now.

MS blocking used games and a 24 hour console or a least "DRM" rumors with next box are not looking possible.

It's not an official confirmation for the next box but its some pretty damn good evidence as far as rumors go for Next gen.

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EliteDave931283d ago

This is why Microsoft wouldnt block used games. Dont make sense at all.

ThanatosDMC1283d ago

Well they can satisfy retailers minus used games by adding a cd-key to their games and tying it with a players Live account. Retailers and publishers get their money while everybody laughs at Gamestop.

BanBrother1283d ago

Idiots. So basically they are saying that they aren't ready for next gen? Nobody wants to pay $100 for a digital game a month after release (Australia) and in the US the prices are high to I'm sure.

They just keep talking, and I am getting less and less interested in the new Xbox. Maybe they should just shut up? PS3 gamers will all be getting a PS4. 360 gamers will be getting either one, and are leaning towards PS4 more and more everyday. That is a fact, I know a lot of the 360 crowd are finally getting sick of MS s***. Next-gen is going to absolutely punish MS if they don't smarten up. I say this as a gamer, not a fanboy.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1283d ago

Then you're wrong. MS and Xbox are going to own the biggest and most important place for video game sales AGAIN.... the USA.

iTs_IDemonik1283d ago

Don't worry M$ with the prices you've got on the games on demand that are out months already retailers wouldn't stress too much on this, you see with the "brick-and-mortar" stores prices usually decline after months on shelves not stay $70-$80 for nearly a year! anyway imo this is just a stunt to cleanse their hands of the dirty tactics they were planning to use with "no secondhand games in OUR systems" playcard. this is just BS to try make them look like they are being generous... lol

Jek_Porkins1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

There are no games on Xbox Live priced $70-$80, not sure where you are getting that from. Also, did you see their recent sale? They were selling games at $2 a pop, I usually don't buy digital, but full games for under $5 is hard to pass up.

I like the little $ instead of an S, does it work with $ony too? Too bad there isn't an S in Nintendo huh? Maybe we can start saying Nintendo'$?

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@amiga-man
That's funny, don't think I've heard that before. I do believe that there are options if people don't want to go with the Xbox 360 am I right? They could get a Wii U, Wii, PS3 or PC. I think the people choose to pay for a premium service, I mean I could go buy an HD antenna and watch HDTV, but I choose to go premium and pay for satellite so I can watch things like Spartacus, Game Of Thrones and Dexter.

Are the satellite companies holding me at ransom too? lol

Gaming is my hobby, I pay about $3 a month for Xbox Live, I pay $10 a month for bank fees, and around $50 a month just for a haircut.....If you cant afford your hobby, find a new one that you can afford.

amiga-man1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

The $ seems more appropriate for M$ as they are the only ones holding your internet access to ransom.

I pay my internet provider for my internet so why exactly are M$ hiding it behind a pay wall, could it be your so called premium service isn't worth the subscription fee, M$ obviously realise this hence blocking online gaming,

whether I can afford it or not makes no difference as I would never support such an obvious scam.

gamertk4211283d ago

This will get a lot of hate, but the Xbox Live service in and of itself (not counting PSN+) is far more robust and feature filled than the Playstation Network. The infrastructure is much more stable and I know it has been said ad nauseum, but to someone like me, it is vital for cross-game chat to be available. That is my main form of socializing with my out-of-town friends. I really don't mind paying $35 a year, because I know that service comes at a cost. When it comes to online console gaming, I'll take the stock Mercedes over the Ford Focus with all the bells and whistles.

amiga-man1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

gamertk421, if M$ was offering your cross game chat etc and you saw £35 of value in it fine, but that is not what M$ are doing they know cross game chat etc is not worth the subscription fee for most so to force them into paying the subscription fee they block your internet access which you are paying your internet provider for.

Don't kid yourself about the value of xbl, if online was free (as it should be) subscriptions would drop like a stone, you know it, I know it and M$ know it.

OhMyGandhi1283d ago

..So they decided to team up.

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