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  • sharpeyeddude sharpeyeddude Jun 12, 2013 1:40 PM Flag

    "Mr Softy" will extinguish SNE & GME

    One of the most maligned features of the Xbox One is its digital rights protection system, which will likely require players to pay a small fee to activate (and use) previously owned game disks. Microsoft has stayed fairly quiet about the feature, but many industry analysts believe that it's been a long time coming.

    Game companies pay massive amounts of money to develop new products, and they've had a long-standing feud with retailers that allow used game sales. The game companies don't get any money from those sales, and they sometimes have trouble recouping their costs as a result.

    By individually recognizing individual game disks, the Xbox One can route some of the money from used game sales to the game developers. Microsoft will undoubtedly get some of the money, too--everyone on the development side wins.

    Of course, this is terrible news for companies like GameStop, the country's largest videogame hardware and software retailer. GameStop operates more than 4500 locations across the United States, and it's an absolute juggernaut in the world if videogames. That might change if the company can't freely sell used games to its customers.

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