It’s one of the biggest arguments blowing up on the Internet: will the PS4 and Xbox One support used games? Both parties have been somewhat cagey around the subject. Sony, when the PS4 was first announced, said it would, but now it seems they’re being somewhat nonchalant about these questions. Microsoft is equally as shady, flip flopping on the subject saying no, then yes and that it may include a fee in order to play used games. Regardless of the final outcome, banning used games may not be such a bad thing. Think about this.
For a long time, PC games have basically been stuck where the PS4 and Xbox One may go. There are very few PC games nowadays that don’t require unlock codes, or are locked behind DRM barriers. There are ways users have gotten around it, but for the most part, used games don’t exist on PCs. To counter this, however, Steam and other PC exclusive online retailers came about. Paying attention to Steam, GOG, or even Amazon for a month will show how amazing some of these deals are even to non-PC gamers. There are even sites like the Humble Bundle that create packages for several games and allow people to pay what they want. On that note, Humble Bundle 8 just released this week with some amazing titles in there.
Now imagine Microsoft doing this on XBLA bundling, let’s say, all the Halo Games for a cheap $20 bundle in anticipation for Halo 5. To a lesser extent Microsoft, Sony, and even Nintendo have done deals on their online stores, but they don’t rival Steams frequency by a long shot. If these three companies followed Steam more closely and got rid of used games, then the world may not be so bad despite what forum posters are engaged about. True, there are flaws with getting rid of used games, like for example, what about renting games? What would happen to Gamefly? It’s not a perfect ecosystem to copy, but it’s definitely a route worth exploring. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, listen up.