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Microsoft Just Declared War on GameStop

Fool: Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it would begin experimenting with digital game discounts. If you own Microsoft's latest console, the Xbox One, for a limited time this month you'll be able to buy a digital version of Ryse: Son of Rome directly from Microsoft's online marketplace for just $40.

This is such a tremendous blow to GameStop's business model that it's difficult for me to overstate the matter.

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TheForwardUnto1522d ago ShowReplies(4)
DanielGearSolid1522d ago

Meanwhile... In the real world..
Digital and Retail will continue to co exist

Kayant1522d ago

And where people will continue to understand that this is nothing more than a sell on a single game not some so called *War* where DD prices are permanently reduced and lower than retail.

darthv721521d ago

The ironic part is both sony and Ms are wanting to promote digital sales vs retail. Its their way of limiting the 2nd hand market that denies developers and publishers a piece of that lucrative market.

Every copy of a game that gets downloaded via PS+ or the live gold program as part of the paid membership is a retail sale lost. Now granted it might not be a big thing on XBL because the content is much older but you take the more recent offerings that + has (Like Bioshock Infinite for ex) and we are left wondering why a company like irrational Games is closing down. I mean we are buying their games....arent we?

There are pro and cons to going digital vs retail. for me its about the collectable nature of the physical product but i wont pass up a deal on a digital version if its something substantial. there are quite a few PSP digital games i purchased because they were dirt cheap, even when compared to the used market from Gamestop.

So the sensationalist title really doesnt fit when you factor in Steam as well as PSN are into selling digital versions of retail games for less as well. This is a good thing because many have been saying that digital versions SHOULD BE CHEAPER and now that this experiment is happening people want to say its a bad thing????

Oh I forgot, its only bad because it's MS that is doing it...smh.

Kayant1521d ago

"Every copy of a game that gets downloaded via PS+ or the live gold program as part of the paid membership is a retail sale lost. Now granted it might not be a big thing on XBL because the content is much older but you take the more recent offerings that + has (Like Bioshock Infinite for ex) and we are left wondering why a company like irrational Games is closing down. I mean we are buying their games....arent we?" - It might be a lost retail sale but it's not a lost sale it's not like MS and Sony didn't pay for the digital licenses for these games albeit they would have probably gotten a nice discount as well but it's not like they are getting it for free so we/they are still supporting the devs.

"This is a good thing because many have been saying that digital versions SHOULD BE CHEAPER and now that this experiment is happening people want to say its a bad thing????

Oh I forgot, its only bad because it's MS that is doing it...smh." - How is it in any way an experiment and just not a regular discount? I fail to see it because looking at major nelson's website you can see that 3 titles in total now including Ryse have had this weekly Gold discount offer. Lococycle and Crimson Dragon and now Ryse have had this weekly gold discount offer. So where does them *experiment* with DD prices come from? Please show me because I clearly can't see it. And no am not just attacking MS. Did I say the discount was bad? No all I said was that it's not an experiment and it's more a part of a weekly gold offer MS does.

Rainstorm811521d ago

I agree darthv...got Lego Marvel in a PS4 flash sale for 30$ this weekend

Digital deals like these is what MS and Sony NEED to continue to do, digital games just shouldn't be the same price as physical copies

But this certainly isn't a war on retail....MGSV GZ is wageing it own war as well then its 40 retail and 30 digital

TripC501522d ago

Discs will die just like the vinyl record. Still Collectable, but dead. Also, self driving cars are coming, in 20 years they will be the norm. Also, Halo happens. We eventually find a Halo ring and everything that happened in the Halo series actually happens (Spartan program is already in the works)...I'm from the future this is how I know this...Also Star Wars happens in a galaxy far far away but not a long time ago.. its the future.

To end an already long story.. Digital-only is, and should be, the way to go for future consoles.

Muffins12231522d ago

Nope...maybe we will have different format in future but i will and many other people will always rather have a physical copy than a digital.

jhoward5851522d ago (Edited 1522d ago )

I get the feelin if MS and Sony get their way...its going to stir up some drama with our ISP.

I can imagine if your PS4/X1 hard drive crashes or game data gets corrupts you have to download it again and again.

By Keeping things the same way(buying disc/download digital) gives balance.

doolin_dalton1522d ago (Edited 1522d ago )

Gamestop can still sell used discs for less than the digital price, considering how much they pay for them. I don't see a problem here.

Besides, digital copies SHOULD be lower in price. After all, there's no manufacturing, packaging, or shipping expenses involved. If console manufacturers want an all digital future, it will happen only when prices are appropriate. People just aren't going to spend the same for a digital copy when they can own a disc that will always retain some resale value.

jhoward5851522d ago

Right now both digital games and physical disc are priced the same.

If Sony/MS drops the price down on games then I'm all for it.

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