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Sony to Battle Used Games Market with PS3?

Filed under: PS3 | Sony
Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2006 11:31 AM
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According to Next-Gen.biz, Sony is considering forbidding PS3 games from being resold, aka, no used games market. This move is technologically possible if Sony requires a user to register a game to a specific console, making the game useless anywhere else. This would cause huge shockwaves in the industry. Currently, developers and publishers are angry at the fact that retailers like GameSpot, EB, and GameCrazy do millions of dollars of sales in used games. This has two-fold effect on the publishers and developers. First, gamers are less likely to purchase a new game if there is a used option, thus causing a slump in sales. Second, developers and publishers earn no revenue on their games as they watch retailers rake in sales, theoretically, multiple times on the same copy of a game.

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This entire problem is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, et al, charge $50 - $60 per game, in part, because they aren't part of the lucrative used game market. Gamers buy used games because they don't want to pay $50 - $60 per game.

Sony would actually have an argument if they simultaneously forbid resale of new games AND dropped the price of games to $30. However, as it stands, any attempt to make resale illegal while still charging $60 will only be met with contempt by the gamer. Sony better be careful. After announcing a $500 and $600 PS3, consumers don't have much patience left with Sony.






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