That wretched hive of scum and villainy, Gamespot, are not too pleased with the news that new Xbox may be able to block pre-owned tittles and have issued a warning to Microsoft saying that this new feature could “significantly diminish” demand for the successor of the Xbox 360.
“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,” said GameStop spokesperson Matt Hodges.
After the reports of the new Xbox’s features, Gamespot’s shares fell and Bloomberg has reported that consumers may snub that the console if the pre-owned block goes ahead.
27% of GameStop’s revenue and around 46% of its gross profit came from used games sales in the fiscal year ended January 2012, according to the Bloomberg report. In its most recent quarter, user game sales accounted for 28% of its revenue and 43% of GameStop’s profits.
I’m sure this warning is less of a concern for their customers and more of them trying to save their own asses, but I really don’t care either way. Unless they are going to start severely dropping the price for games, console gaming could be digging its own grave this way and anyway it takes for them to see it is a bad idea is fine by me.