Microsoft killing used games could influence all consoles?
Taken from Kotaku last week:
"But that disc detail could be far less impactful to the next generation of game consoles than the assertion I've heard from one reliable industry source that Microsoft intends to incorporate some sort of anti-used game system as part of their so-called Xbox 720.
It's not clear if that means that the system wouldn't play used games or how such a set-up would work. Obvious approaches—I'm theorizing here—like linking a copy of a game to a specific Xbox Live account could seemingly be foiled by used-game owners who would keep their system offline. My source wasn't sure how Microsoft intended to implement any anti-used game system in the new machine.
A push in any way by Microsoft against used games would likely be cheered from publishers sick of seeing retailers like GameStop crow about their revenues from the sale of used games. But it could potentially anger consumers who rely on buying cheaply-sold used games or even pass games to relatives or friends."
From my point of view, this subject is a little more difficult to tackle than I thought it would be. The idea of not being able to buy a used game on a console does bother me quite a bit when I think about consumers not being able to use places like GameStop and other outlets as places to trade in games as store credit towards other new games they may not have the cast for. I also see the other side of the coin too, in that game developers will see every penny for the hard work they put in making a video game from scratch. I wonder just how much the developers loose on software sales from people only buying used games? It has to be almost the same as pirating since the game is still only purchased once.
Is Microsoft just showing how harsh they can be in doing this to the consumer and limiting their options? Or is Microsoft actually thinking about the developers and giving them a chance to make more money releasing games on their next console? You also have to wonder if Nintendo and Sony will follow suit if this idea does seem to have success. Remember that PC gamers haven't been able to trade in games in a very long time (maybe never when I think about it) due to each game having a key code.
Will all gaming be comparable to playing on a PC in the next gen?