Reasons the Xbox 720 needs used games
We’ve seen a number of Next Xbox, aka 720, rumors over the last few months although none have caused the debate seen with a possibility Microsoft would not support used games in the next generation. This is something that has hit a nerve among gamers and while some people understand the reasons why developers want to earn out of the used game market, others cannot stand the idea.
The rumor surfaced towards the end of last month and right away we saw people explain why it would be a bad mistake if the Xbox 720 went this route, and if the PS4 didn’t it could swing many gamers towards Sony’s next system. Today we wanted to highlight a few reasons why the Xbox 720 needs used game support, which has come after listening to our readers over the last couple of weeks.
Reasons why the Xbox 720 needs used games – first up and most obvious would be if Microsoft’s next Xbox included a anti-used feature, and Sony’s PS4 supported used games, then this could dramatically help Microsoft’s competition and possibly drive fans away from Xbox. Would you consider switching brands if the Xbox 720 didn’t support used games?
The gamer loves a good deal – not everyone has bucket loads of money and many gamers like to find great deals on games, which includes hunting down second hand games in good condition. This is especially important when a game is not worth the full price it’s being sold for at retail, and we know a number of gamers that rarely buy at release date anymore. If the game is a really popular series or the person really wants the game then in many cases a day one purchase becomes a simple decision, but in some cases gamers have bought pre-owned this generation.
Not all developers are pushing for this – we agree with some of our readers that think, “Not all developers are pushing for an anti-used feature” and feel that only the “greedy ones” want used games blocked on Microsoft’s next Xbox. Do you expect yourself and people you know to take action if you cannot play used games on a next-gen machine?
Used games give money to buy new games – in some cases we’ve seen and heard from our readers that buy a new game then return it for credit, which is then used towards another game that is new in many cases. In this situation the used game market can help people play more games than their budget allows, which allows new game sales to increase although if used games were not supported how could this change new game sales?
These are just a few reasons why used game sales are good for this and next-generation; feel free to let us know yours in the comments.
Not everyone feels that banning used games is a bad idea in the next-generation, and some people feel that improved graphics and gameplay comes at a cost. Do you agree with the gamers that think this is evolution and we should accept it?