Gamestop: 'Xbox has said that they do support' used games market

Joystiq - Gamestop's approach to the Xbox One's nebulous pre-owned game policies – which may include charging players a fee for booting up a used game – involves emphasis on digital adaptation, and letting Microsoft do the talking.

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NatureOfLogic1759d ago

Gamestop sounds just as clueless as MS.

zeal0us1759d ago

Microsoft told Gamestop what it wanted it to hear NOT what it needed it to hear.

morganfell1759d ago (Edited 1759d ago )

Gamestop has to take this stance regardless of the facts. To publicly state otherwise is to commit stock price suicide.

Remember, Gamestop acts to protect its investors first, the game companies second, and the gamer dead last.

Its not that they act to protect the gamer even then, merely its the simple truth that in the eyes of Gamestop no one ranks below the gamers at the bottom of the list.

JokesOnYou1759d ago (Edited 1759d ago )

Uhm so what will you say if sony does something similar to micro for used games?...because unless I missed some new press release with a concrete statement that they wont have any used game *FEES* then they just might be headed down the same road.

DivineAssault 1759d ago

umm joker, if sony does charge for used games, thats 1 negative thing about nx gen machines.. Sony wont require internet & require game installs on top of it

MariaHelFutura1759d ago

The president of Sony said "We won't block used games" a month or two ago.

GamingWorldPeace1759d ago (Edited 1759d ago )

MS also stated a couple days ago that they will also not block used games. Can you find me quote in which Sony said they will not charged a second purchased/online fee involving used game? The answer I keep hearing is "we have no announcement at this time" and it sounds awfully similar to MS response of "we will announce used game trades at retails at a later date"

Also, I never once heard Sony announced that PS4 games don't require game installs. Did Sony announced that at their conference?

MariaHelFutura1759d ago (Edited 1759d ago )

Please link me where they said they have no announcements at this time regarding used games?

GamingWorldPeace1759d ago

"When asked whether games would require online registration, Yoshida noted that that decision was up to the publisher. When asked if Sony, as a publisher, would require games to be registered online, Yoshida said, "we are not talking about that plan."

MariaHelFutura1759d ago

"I sat down with Yoshida a few hours after the PS4 reveal tonight and one of the first things I asked was whether used games would be blocked.

"Do you want us to do that?" he asked.

No, I said. I think, if you buy something on a disc, that you have a kind of moral contract with the person you've bought it from that you retain some of that value and you can pass it on.

Do you agree, I asked?

"Yes. That's the general expectation by consumers," said Yoshida. "They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation."

JokesOnYou1758d ago (Edited 1758d ago )

"So that's my expectation."

-Have you ever watched politics, that's the type of campaign answer you give when you want the voter to think you are going to do something AFTER you're elected while at the same time its a way to hide you're intentions of doing what your $lobbyist paid you for....then when confronted about why you flip flopped you just say you only said it was an "expectation"/a goal/objective/you tried but unfortunately its Democrats/Republicans fault it didn't happen. [camera off] [laughs all the way to the bank]. Again nowhere has sony confirmed there won't be any type of used game fees.

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dedicatedtogamers1759d ago (Edited 1759d ago )

So, to sum:

"Microsoft told us, and now we're telling you, that Xbox does support used games market. They didn't specify that 'support' means 'adding a fee', or that 'used games market' means 'Microsoft-run online swap-meet'. But yeah, they 'support' it so there you go"

("but on a side note, I'm not going to mention that GS stock dropped on May 21st after Microsoft's announcement")

Xbone: Call of Doggy. Please be excited.

My_Name_BTW_Is_Dante1759d ago

Wake up to what? Gamestop was told that it can sell used games and that people will be able to play used games on the Xbox One. That is ALL Gamestop cares about (being able to sell used games).

Gamestop doesn't care if the consumer has to pay an extra fee to play it after he buys it.

Rusty5151759d ago

Yeah. We know they do. For a price... >_>

SexyGamerDude1759d ago (Edited 1759d ago )

I wonder what Gamefly has to say about this stuff. This will really hurt their business.

Agent_00_Revan1759d ago

There's a whole division lost for them. That blows. Just thinking about the new commercials for them.
"Subscribe to Gamefly, where you can rent you favorite PS4 and WiiU games, but not Xbox One, because they think your stealing unless you buy a game new. Sorry kids."

whoyouwit041759d ago

And what the hell makes you think sony wont block used games; when we know for a fact they have it patent. I so wish I would be able to see the look on you sony fan boys face if they do announce they will block used games.

NegativeCreepWA1759d ago (Edited 1759d ago )

Its possible to make rental disc, that'll cost places like gamefly a premium. Its already done with blurays, so the option is there. Half the movies I receive from netflix, the special features are locked.

M-M1759d ago

Of course they do, because when they trade it in to a place like Gamestop Microsoft knows they're getting an extra $60.

-MD-1759d ago (Edited 1759d ago )

What's the point of buying a used game if it's full price though? That makes no sense to me.

Is Microsoft drunk?

RonRico1759d ago

Exactly. I don't see how a used disk, that must be paid for/unlocked again to play, would have any value.

NegativeCreepWA1759d ago

The bright side is, it could force Gamestop too lower the outrageously high prices of their used games.

badz1491759d ago

try full price + GS price!

you buy the used game from GS and then you have to pay full price to MS to activate it. will be like you're donating your money to GS!

GS can strike back by refusing all XB1 trade in. because user can buy a game, install it and then go straight back to the store for highest trade in value possible. gamers who know best will not be buying used copies and GS will be lest with MANY MANY unsold used copies!

so...the only way to prevent this is to refuse trade in all together. There will be no more impulse/blind purchase by gamers, no return, no trade in value or whatsoever! maybe by then gamer can start talking with their wallet and stop buying this scam and MAYBE....just MAYBE, M$ will rethink their strategy!

rainslacker1758d ago

That's not a bright side negative. This whole things sounds like GS will just facilitate the redistribution of already purchased content, but most of the money will still remain within MS. Although in this case it will be handled in store. Gamestop will receive a kickback, like they do currently with DLC content sold in store. It's possible they could unregister a person's disc though if turned in.

Effectively though it means that MS or the publishers will now control trade in prices and the resell price of those games...which will likely be like Gamestops current policy of $5-10 less than what a new game cost.

It's good for the pubs and MS as it means they are getting money off 2nd hand sales. It's not good for the gamer, because it means most of this is very limiting to them in terms of choice.

All this is pure speculation mind you, but I wouldn't doubt it goes this way. GameStop is too big to just cut off completely right now. But I wouldn't doubt that publishers want to lessen their influence in the market for their eventual demise.

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Eldyraen1759d ago

From the sound of it, 100% true--assuming same price point.

From what I've read and understand the disc is primarily being used as a physical distribution system to keep from having to download the game online. With all of the "Cloud" and "License" talk MS has been focusing on anyways they are seemingly only really supporting physical discs for those that lack the internet speed/limit to handle that kind of volume (or those that like to pretend they own the content/collect games).

Its an unfortunate and unwanted evolution for consoles (any product actually) and can lead to some serious problems for all parties involved.

GamersRulz1759d ago

what a back stap from MS. Reaching Gamestop before the conference and lying to them about used games!

I'm expecting Gamestop to promote PS4 like crazy.

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