Will The Xbox One Allow Digital Game Resales? Maybe
With lots and lots of distribution services cropping up left right and centre, it’s easy to see where the future of gaming is going. A fully digital world is certainly on the horizon, but the big question this poses is whether or not this will result in the death of the used games industry, with there currently being no way to resell your digital goods. Well, that could change if this latest rumour is to be believed.
According to a survey that was posted on NeoGaf, Microsoft could be actively looking for a way to allow Xbox users to resell their digital goods over the Xbox LIVE Marketplace to other gamers, effectively bringing second-hand sales to the digital world. In essence, Microsoft could be aiming to create a virtual marketplace for players to conduct business, with prices and sales all being left up to you.
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It almost sounds like the original plan of trading on the Xbox One when all the DRM business was going on, now with the added benefit of you deciding how much you want to make off a game. Should this be true it will be interesting to see just how it will work price-wise.
The survey suggests that such a system will only be available to those with Gold Subscriptions, which indicates that Microsoft won’t really aim to take a cut considering they’re already asking for a subscription fee. However, I wouldn’t actually mind if a small amount was added onto the seller’s asking price, perhaps going to the developers or publishers of the game being sold. You know, like most retailers do to make a near 100% profit on their second-hand games, except going to the people that actually made the game.
Of course, this is all a rumour, but should Microsoft actually be considering this it could change the way we look at second-hand games forever. If you have a decent Internet connection, of course.