Sources claim Microsoft intends to charge Xbox One owners 90 per cent of the original RRP for second-hand game purchases…
Microsoft intends to charge Xbox One owners 90 per cent of the original recommended retail price for second hand game purchases, according to a leak from a senior employee at one of the UK’s largest videogame retailers.
The source revealed that game retailers will be forced to sell second hand games at just a 10 per cent discount on the original RRP. This news will come as a shock to consumers who are currently used to finding discounts of as much as 50 per cent for trade-in games.
With the new Xbox One being announced this week, Microsoft have stated that each game will use a code that locks it to the owner’s account – giving the tech giant complete control over the second hand games market. Such control has been widely speculated but no specifics have been released until now.
Owner of ConsoleDeals.co.uk Phil Jones, which initially leaked the news on its blog, said “the second hand games market has been struggling to survive for the past decade; this leak, which we believe to be true, is the final nail in the coffin.” he went on to say “We were all expecting the worst and we got the worst – I’m shocked that Microsoft is taking this decision”
Prior to the leak, Microsoft were quick to counter-act initial speculation at the Xbox One launch event, stating that they had a trade-in plan in place, and would reveal more about it at 2013’s E3 convention. This news comes as further disappointment following the new console’s luke-warm reception earlier in the week.