Could next generation consoles ban used games?

There are rumours swirling that the successors to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 may not be compatible with used games.

This seems ridiculous.

But with the increase of day one DLC, online passes and digital rights management (DRM) this claim seems almost plausible.

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xhedleyx2419d ago

This rumour is ridiculous, I hope it isn't true.

TheSleepyGamer2419d ago

As do I. The whole thing is DRM gone mad.

pangitkqb2419d ago

If that is the case I will have to seriously consider buying next generation consoles.

AIndoria2419d ago

I buy most of my games new, however, if this will be the case, Goodbye Sony and Microsoft.

Ares84HU2419d ago

I think instead of blocking used games they should just sell games like so:

- Sell each game for $49.99 and in that you would have your single-player on the disc. If you want MP mode you could pay them $9.99 more on PSN or XBL and get an unlock key.

- Doing that whoever buys any game even used will be forced to pay the $9.99 if they want to play online.

I think game sales would rise do to lower prices and on the long run devs. and publishers would make more money.

Crazyglues2419d ago (Edited 2419d ago )

@ Ares84HU

What no one is telling you is that this would not work because right now Sony and Microsoft charge a royalty fee for each game sold... -on there consoles..

-it's part of how they make there money back for making the gaming system to begin with.

it is estimated to be as high as 20 to 26 dollars and in some cases lower like 10 dollars for first party developers...

So that means right off the back take off 26 bucks from that $65 game cost - that's 39 bucks left for the publisher...

So if you lower the cost of games you will be killing the game makers.. because they still have to pay the royalty fee.


Ares84HU2419d ago


Something doesn't add up.

You are telling me that $39 is left for the publisher and $20-$25 is given to the developers??

Humm that is $60-$65 right there.

Yet at wholesale they sell games for $50-$55 depending on how big of a release it is.

I don't know how much publishers or devs get from the pie all I know is wholesalers sell them for $50-$55 leaving $10-$5 profit on each game for wholesalers. I know this because I tried to get into it and it just didn't worth it. I lost money on it and the profit margin was too low.

Crazyglues2419d ago

@ Ares84HU

No I'm telling you that whoever makes a game let's say DICE/EA -they have to pay Sony And Microsoft 20 to 26 dollars for each game they sell.....

So what's left is like 39 which then goes back to DICE/EA to have as profits..

So any game does not matter who - All games on PS3 or Xbox 360 pay 20 to 26 dollars on every game just to have the game on the system. (the royalty fee.)

So if you lower the price of games - the game makers would be hurt, because they still have to pay $20 to 26 dollars on each game.. so there profits would go down to like $29 bucks instead of $39..

Too low to re-coup the cost of making the game.

That's why it would not work..(this has nothing to do with wholesale, this is just out of the box you make your game & this is what it cost to get it on a PS3 or XBOX 360) 20 to 26 dollars on every disk. -goes to SONY or Microsoft, what's left is what the Game company get's - then you take store cut and ad costs.. etc...etc..

My point was Game Companies are already getting very little. Lowering the Price of games would kill them.

That's all I'm saying..


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aceitman2419d ago

so if it is true i will not buy a next gen system .

dark-hollow2419d ago

I won't buy a console that prevents me from buying used games.

Sorry but if we allowed this bullsh*t they only gonna expand their tactics against" piracy" and god knows what they'll do next.

izumo_lee2419d ago

I do not see used games being gone but i do see the online pass be even more revelant in next gen consoles. Even more so than they are now.

AIndoria2419d ago

Depends. I don't think manufacturers would cease to allow used games, however, I think that a few of the big companies will be inclined to switch to Download-only format(Origin, anyone?) in the future.

TheSleepyGamer2419d ago

PC Gaming has almost completely phased out used-game sales with Steam etc.

It was done in more of a subtle way though.

limewax2419d ago

Yeah steam have done it well, they always give you as much as the publisher will allow. Some games need steam on and connected to the internet, other don't. They give you the best they are allowed while providing you with a price that makes you wonder if it's even worth seeking out a second hand copy, and often being vastly cheaper than the optical counterpart during the sales.

If consoles could do that then used games may not be much of an issue anyway

BattleTorn2419d ago

"Ban?" - no.

Can they make it so that anyone using the disc for the second time has a extremely limited amount of content before prompted to "purchase" the rest? - Yes.

Dark112419d ago

Banning used games will increase piracy.

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