60 percent of gamers wouldn't buy a console that blocks used games

By Shawn Knight
Feb 13, 2013
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  1. DriverJ

    DriverJ Newcomer, in training

    I wouldn't consider purchasing a console I could only use downloadable games or be blocked from playing used games. I have no issue buying pre-owned games at all. I would say about 50% of my game purchases are pre-owned. I shop carefully and only purchase discs that are in good condition. It's a great way to find a game I may have missed earlier on or felt wasn't a $60 title and waited until the pre-owned price was in a more reasonable bracket.
    If MS and Sony block pre-owned games on the coming generation I guess I'll stick to the games I have on my current systems or go back to PC gaming.
  2. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,649   +51

    I hope no one buys used games at gamestop.... ebay is insanely cheaper

    not being able to use used games would likely result in me just sticking to pc, I dont game much anymore anyways
  3. Duckula22

    Duckula22 Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    It may be a matter of how lazy people can get, too me console gaming is all right, but mostly for the lazy who can't be bother with "installing" a game, I get some installers are a PITA, but seriously if legit users get pushed harder and harder into a corner, and it's give us your money or give us your money, I figure some are bound to wake up, most are just lazy though, and they create the conditions for these crappy market status quo that still manages to cripple choice even for the few die hard old fashioned shoppers like myself and many more.
  4. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    If they stop the consumer from using their own games that they still have liscencing rights too, then they are in a world of financial hurt.
  5. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 709   +28

    Well I was paying Blockbuster in the UK about 5quid a month to be in possession of one of their game disks at a time. So over the entire year I would pay £60 and during that year I would have always had the latest game to play and complete. That was the only money I spent all last year on new Xbox 360 games as £40 for a new release is a complete joke. I would wait for second hand prices to drop. Now with Steam sales I buy most of my PC games on discount as well and I plug my Xbox controller into the computer. I am not interested in a new wave of kinect games as I haven't even bought a kinect 1 for my 360. I guess I am not in the demographic of "buying the next gen console" anymore. Strange times.
  6. Duckula22

    Duckula22 Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    I buy used PC games several years after they were released, and I get them very, very cheap, off of Ebay and/or Craigslist. You'll never catch me paying for a subscription, never will I shell out more than $10 for a game. I'm a cheap azz (darn bad words cop) gamer.
  7. Adamking

    Adamking TechSpot Member Posts: 17

    Back when I owned an XBOX 360 before I sold it on craigslist, I had about 40 games. Only about five were brand new. Out of all those used games, only one disc had an issue but it was still playable. Saved lots of money that way. If I were to somehow be on the verge of a new gaming console, it would have to support that. Going back to that region is highly unlikely though.
    I love Steam and my PC. I don't see a reason to give a flip about all the other stuff.
  8. The developers are missing the point. People will no longer take a chance on an unknown title or developer because they can recoup the cost of the game if it sucks. If a review comes out on a game and it says the game is OK but not great, do you think people will want to pay $60 for that game? I know I wouldn't. That mean titles will take longer to produce because they would need a good review to sell it. (Duke Nukem anybody?)

    I just see it hurting the the developers in the long run and consoles in general. I have several consoles and play PC games. I will use the path of least resistance.


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