The video game industry has declared war against used games, and one of the biggest casualties might be GameFly, the video game by-mail rental service.
No! ;( I used to have it all the time
Not just Gamefly, what about Redbox and local rental stores? What about independent sellers of used games on eBay and Amazon? Granted, Microsoft will likely introduce a "1 hour trial" for all their games, similar to what PS+ users have, but it's still gonna restrict a lot of businesses.
If they're not one of MS partners then they're the enemy. Basically if they don't start paying up (which I agree they should offer some form of payment if they're not already, which they must be in order to get copies of the games), then MS is trying to end them. At least they have the PS4, Wii U, and pervious consoles to stay in business. Although it will still hurt them the Xbox 360 was the majority ruler for them, followed by PS3 (makes sense seeing how it's US only), so :(
They'll still have PS4, PS3, 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, and Vita rentals...
Publishers and Devs can still implement their own form of DRM for PS4 games. @Outside I think I already made my point. But let me say it again: "Publishers and Devs can still implement their own form of DRM for PS4 games."
Okay, so either way they'll have some games for PS4 and/or X1.
They can do the same for the PS3, 360, Wii U or any system that can connect to the net. Your point?
Right Seeing as most multiplayer games are not rented due to their lasting appeal, then the 1p games will be played offline on PS4 like they are now. SO PS4 and renting will go hand in hand. Like it does now. SONY first party studios likely wont implement DRM and if the 3rd party studios do, which we're all pretty sure they will, then Gamefly will not buy those titles, we cannot rent them, and those games have lower yields in terms of install base, and life will go on.
Your totally right but there's a good chance it'll be similar to Sonys online pass if anything, which really isn't a problem for a rental.
It's publishers that will ruin rental services
This is what is most important to me. All I can see is me being very stingy (VERY STINGY) with games. I can also see a lot of companies only rehashing tried and true AAA projects only. No one will want to take a chance on a 60 dollah new IP.
This is exactly what will happen and people will only be buying AAA games. Sure a few will buy some less known games, but most will not. Which means that developers will have to push themselves to make their games compete against AAA games. That means bigger budgets and less risks taken. It also means that when these games fail to sell it will be a disaster for companies. These companies think they are doing themselves a favor by getting rid of used games, but in reality they have just doomed themselves. Quite frankly, I don't feel sorry for any of those money hungry companies.
Its my main concern actually although I would probably just rent games for PS4 (or older systems) so wouldn't kill it for me. I actually wish Xbox was smart and talked to GF about it before hand so they could implement rentals somehow. In theory it should be possible to have a rental license and could enable the "keep" option with the one time license trade they mentioned. I am still wondering what console and when will be first for digital game rentals as it is also technically possible (only more so with always online and with cloud gaming). It would likely require high bandwidth but still be a great advance for the industry and just a matter of time till market can sustain such a move.
I hope for gamefly's sake that a deal is made that they can continue on renting all games.
Hopefully Gamefly will be fine. There are a lot of really savvy people that run Gamefly so I am hopeful that they will still be around.
MS shouldn't be allowed to get away with taking our right to ownership of our own games that we have paid for. http://www.adweek.com/files...
Why people keep saying MS, they already stated, they wont charge for used games is the publisher who will. Same thing will happen with PS4. Mark my words. "We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games. " When Soy said its up to the publisher it means that their console is design for it also.
watch this video. There is a difference between the two approaches and it has to do with the 24 hr online check implemented by MS. As of right now Sony has stated that they do not require an online check and you can play your games off line for as long as you want. Your loyalties should be to gaming not MS. If Sony comes out and pushes for the same anti-consumer policies, it is every gamer's duty to stop them as well. http://n4g.com/news/1274172...
I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft partnered with them. At the same time, Microsoft could actually do their own digital rental service through Xbox Live if they wanted.
"GameFly Won't Say" Being that the policies were announced last night, that makes sense. Why waste time writing about it LMAO
Because they don't know whether or not they qualify as one of M$ "preferred partners". meaning if they're not paying an extra fee (after already buying the original games to begin with) then they can't continue their service. Boycott the Xbox 1 people, if you must buy it get the console used.
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