Rumours have been circulating the web that Microsoft's new Xbox, rumoured to be announced and released this year, will feature a way to kill the second hand games market. Basically the rumour suggests each game will come with a code that activates the game online exclusively to your console, completely destroying the second hand games market. Why is this bad to consumers? You'll be paying much more for older games, no second hand market means a lower incentive to lower game prices, and even more incentive for stores to push prices higher. Now I completely understand the reasoning behind it, game makers make nothing from resale, but honestly, why should they? If I buy and own something I should be able to sell it, and that appears to be what they don't like.
It's a huge risk if Microsoft goes this way, I know I would leap to whatever Sony has to offer if the next Xbox has such restrictions, and almost everyone I know agrees. Microsoft needs to think very carefully as they will stop a lot of people from gaming, not everyone can afford games brand new, I know plenty that can only afford second hand, and even if you can buy new all of the time it's the principle of it, you should be able to buy used if you want to.
If Microsoft wants to lose customers and lose the console war it should go right ahead. If both Microsoft and Sony decide to go this way? I'll likely be done with both of them.