GameStop: Xbox 720's Ban of Used Games Will 'Significantly Diminish' Demand

Amid reports that the Xbox 720 will be unable to play used games, U.S. games retailer, GameStop, believes that such a move from Microsoft will "significantly diminish" the Xbox 360 successor's demand.

Speaking to Bloomberg, GameStop representative Matt Hodges referred to a company survey that found consumers would be less likely to purchase a console that limits the ability to trade pre-owned games.

"We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability or not play new physical games."

The Xbox 720 will apparently feature an "Oban" system-on-chip that has a PowerPC-based 32 nm processor core and an ATI "Southern Islands" GPU core. Meanwhile, other reports suggest that the next-gen console will require an always-on Internet connection in order to function.

 

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  • MauveCloud
    I hadn't heard about this used game ban before, but if this is true, they just threw a big advantage of consoles over PC out the window - if I can't rent games to try them out, or sell them to GameStop if I discover something later in the game that makes me want to stop playing, I'm not buying the system.
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  • Deadboy90
    I know any desire I had to get it disappeared when I found out about the used game ban. I have no problem not being able to trade in a digital purchase of a game that I paid full price for, Im giving up that right to not have to interact with people to lay hands on it, but not being able to lend a physical copy of something I paid 60 bucks for? No thank you microsoft.
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  • kawin
    Of course GameStop is worried, it's gonna put them out of business.
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  • blader15sk8
    In the last paragraph about the SoC, you link to an article that is over a year old.. I thought the rumors now were x86 CPU?
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  • Deadboy90
    I know any desire I had to get it disappeared when I found out about the used game ban. I have no problem not being able to trade in a digital purchase of a game that I paid full price for, Im giving up that right to not have to interact with people to lay hands on it, but not being able to lend a physical copy of something I paid 60 bucks for? No thank you microsoft.
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  • kawin
    Of course GameStop is worried, it's gonna put them out of business.
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