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GameStop says next Xbox ‘unlikely’ to have anti-used game technology

GameStop says next Xbox ‘unlikely’ to have anti-used game technology

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Back in January, Kotaku reported that the next Xbox system will have an anti-used game technology which in theory would prevent anyone from playing games that have been repurchased, and would disallow gamers from usiing the same code to access online content more than once. At the time of the article, no specifics had been released regarding exactly how Microsoft would be able to use this technology.

Clearly, this move would affect companies who rely on reselling used games heavily. In a recent investor call, GameStop is putting their two cents in by saying that it will be ‘unlikely’ that Microsoft’s next console system will have such a technology.

Paul Raines, GameStop CEO said,

We think it’s unlikely that there would be that next-gen console because the model simply hasn’t been proven to work. Remember, used video games have a residual value. Remember GameStop generates 1.2 billion of trade credits around the world with our used game model. So, considering taking used games out of that, you’d have to find new ways to sell games. And, our partners are good partners. The console companies have great relationships with us.

This is the kind of news that gets out in the industry and gets people worked up and hyper-ventilating and excited. The pre-owned business is not a cannibalistic business. If you follow the popular conventional wisdom, you would think pre-owned is replacing new. The truth is, pre-owned is an opening price-point category. The average price is $18. A lot of it is older generation.

What it is, is a category for the customer who’s maybe not ready to invest in a new game, but wants to get into the console business and console entertainment. What we’ve done is create a way for that new leading edge consumer to dispose of their old games, and that’s what creates this great circle of life we talk about that so many try to imitate. That’s how we see it.”

Which is pretty interesting to say because Kokatu does have some reliable sources. For GameStop to come out and counter said article is pretty risky, especially if it’s proven to be wrong.

Microsoft has announced that they will not showcase the new Xbox at this year’s E3, so for now, speculation and information leaks will have to suffice.


  1. Canti
    Canti Sounds more like hopeful thinking on GameStop's part. If Kotaku is right this has the potential to put GameStop out of business.
  2. TheAlertHusky
    TheAlertHusky Because GameStop are sooooo informed when it comes to technology (Went in one time and a guy didn't know what a NES was -_- )
  3. Koreish
    Koreish Gamestop would have a lot more support from me if there used game model was more like Vintage Stock's. Where you could get NES, Atari, Genesis, etc. games as well as newer gen. games. As it stands now however they only carry used games of the current console generation, there employees ahve admitted that the only reason they even carry PS2 games still is because they're still getting released slowly in Japan.
  4. TheAlertHusky
    TheAlertHusky Yeah I haven't been back to a gamestop since that fateful day. I've been getting all my games from bestbuy and junk. Because at least they know what the hell I'm talking about. And when it comes to buying "retro" games I normally just head on down to a pawn shop, they have the game and normally they're in decent condition which is always a plus. But (back on topic) if this software does end up being put on the new games, such as was done on BF3 (with the whole online code junk) I'll be out of gaming on consoles for a while because I only ever have enough to scrounge one or two used games.

    An idea that the developers could use is selling all the used games on the online shops of the consoles (where you buy the points card and punch in the code to unlock it)And enable use of an external hard drive that you could plug into the console and use as the "disk" so to say. This would cut costs, keep us poor people in the gaming community and keep the actual company that makes the game having a somewhat solid income.

    But that's just my opinion.

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