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Pre-owned and digital games catching new boxed releases

NPD’s Games Industry: Total Consumer Spend report has revealed that the US games market is quickly approaching the point where new, boxed video games sales are no longer the primary sector.

In Q1 2011 US consumers spent $2.03bn on boxed console and PC release.

In the same period, however, they spent a total of $1.85bn on used games, rentals, subscriptions, digital purchases, DLC, mobile games and social network games.

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wumster2268d ago

If this is true, publishers are going to bring down the hammer on pre-owned distribution next generation.

Online passes will be there day one next-gen.

Solidus187-SCMilk2268d ago (Edited 2268d ago )

but what do you expect if you put retail sales VS all these "used games, rentals, subscriptions, digital purchases, DLC, mobile games and social network games." Add steam to that and it would be more than retail games I bet(because I think valve doesnt give steam sales out, not sure tho).

dorron2267d ago

Online passes will affect multiplayer experience. Pre-Owned won't disappear. If anything, more people will go with single-player and forget about multiplayer.

Only thing that can affect pre-owned=Lower retail prices.