Publishers’ War on Used Games and Why You Should Buy a PC Already
But Back to the Larger Implications
There is a bigger picture here, though, and that’s that people are starting to expect an all-out war on the used game. As it ramps up, it’ll mean a tectonic shift in how console players buy video games. It’s literally a situation in which publishers are finding ways to exert the maximum amount of control over how you consume games, when, where, and for how much, in every single case.
Of course, there will be workarounds — games routinely drop in price even within a few months of their release, allowing players to snag “new” copies for lower prices — but it still means giving up market freedom and ownership of how you buy and consume gaming software. What’s more, the entire idea presupposes that you’re being made to pay the publisher’s price for a title made for aged, already-obsolete hardware.
If we’re going to be stuck without a used game market for consoles, the benefit of consoles continues to evaporate. We’re not expecting a new Xbox this year and certainly not one that bars used games, but if it does prove to be true in the future, there’s one definitive, intelligent solution.