Friday, May 24, 2013

Rumor: Publishers to receive cut of Xbox One pre-owned sales at retail outlets.

Written and Edited by Lynn Gerena ( Ashe Darkthorne )

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According to an article on MCV looks as if Microsoft and Publishers will be getting a piece of the used game pie from the stores.

 

 

That’s the going story at the moment that with the Xbox One and it’s used games everyone involved publisher, retailer and Microsoft will get a piece of the profits. That is if the franchise agrees to Microsoft’s Terms and Conditions and get Microsoft’s cloud based Azure pre-owned system integrated into their systems.

MCV reached out to some UK retailers to get a scenario of how the system would work.

You come into the store no matter where with a game you wish to trade in. Since the game disk was registered to the gamer ‘s console the Azure system will wipe the license clean from the previous owner’s account so they won’t have access to the game anymore.

The key to all this is that the retailer can charge what they wish for the used game as long as Microsoft and the publisher get their percentage from the sale.

My question is how large of a cut will be taken and how many retailers will agree to all Microsoft’s systems into their own? I don’t see this as a deal breaker because it is a great way for developers to get some money on the pre-owned sales and if you trade in a game you shouldn’t complain if it is wiped from your system.

What are your thoughts on this bit of news? Does this bother you or do you think it will help developers with getting some extra money on what they create?

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