Xbox 720 will apparently be featuring a strategy that will lessen a gamer's need to participate in used gaming, and GameStop has responded to the rumor by talking about how the Xbox 720 would be diminished if this did come to fruition.
According to a report from QJ on Saturday, GameStop spokesman Matt Hodges commented on the rumor that the Xbox 720 will be one of the next-generation consoles that puts used gaming in a bit of a bind for allowing it to continue.
"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," Hodges said.
Microsoft did respond with a comment to the situation saying, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation.
"We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don't have anything further to share at this time," Microsoft said.
In case you missed the major report that surfaced regarding the banning of used games, the new version of the Xbox Live program will be a crucial part to the next Xbox, and the Xbox 720 will also be shipped with an upgraded version of Kinect.
Sources who have first-hand knowledge of this project are the ones to confirm the information above.
They went on to say the Xbox 720 will be dedicated to online gaming, even though its content will still be sold in a physical form. It just sounds like retail sales will be of a lesser emphasis.
Those physical games will be made on 50GB Blu-Ray discs.
For those who do end up buying physical copies of games, they will come with activation codes, and without those codes they will have no further value outside of the first user.
So it's essentially one code per game and that's it for the unit. It doesn't seem like gamers will be able to buy second-hand copies and then pay a lower price for another code.
This not only will hurt the retail aspect of the companies who sell those physical copies, but GameStop may be all but finished as well.
Do you want to see GameStop go out of business?