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[GP] Next Xbox with Anti-Game Technology Unlikely, Says GameStop

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"We think it's unlikely that there would be that next-gen console because the model simply hasn't been proven to work," Paul Raines, GameStop CEO, said.
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Raines pointed out that the majority of the $1.2 billion of credit it generated from used games went back into purchasing a video game.
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If you follow the popular conventional wisdom, you would think pre-owned is replacing new. The truth is, pre-owned is an opening price-point category. The average price is $18. A lot of it is old generation. What it is is a category for the customer who's maybe not ready to invest in a new game, but wants to get into the console business and console entertainment.
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Funnily enough, gamestop is on our side when it comes to the used sales market. Any fees that publishers incite on their games will affect their profits when selling back to us.

Though i know quite a few members are not big fans of gamestop lol.
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Gaming companies should look to more actively discount their aging games rather than eliminating physical software. Just wait until everything is digital and pirates go to town on their games...
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Thats why I knew that rumor wasnt true because the big companies have to much invested in the game sales industry. However I could see it going all digital in the next 3-5 years. Its almost at that point now.
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Thats why I knew that rumor wasnt true because the big companies have to much invested in the game sales industry. However I could see it going all digital in the next 3-5 years. Its almost at that point now.

I would estimate that at the very most, digital games consist of 10% of game sales. Many console games cannot even be found digitally, many people don't have high speed Internet, or have bandwidth caps to think about. I'm guessing it'll be at least another full console generation before digital may catch up. I live in a major metropolitan area and my Internet is the same speed as it was 8 years ago, and costs $5 more than it used to, Internet bandwidth, latency, and availability is not expanding as fast as many would like to think it is, apart from Internet access on mobile devices.
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Along the same lines, storage prices for current-gen consoles are ridiculous. Until the console space has a cost-per-byte ratio comparable to PCs, console gamers won't have any incentive to turn from physical game media to virtual.

Current-gen storage space is used to reduce load times, not to provide a permanent home for an entire library. That model is going to have to shift if console makers want to do away with physical discs. Cheaper, expandable storage has to become a reality in the next generation; then, and only then, will download-only libraries become feasible.
    
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Along the same lines, storage prices for current-gen consoles are ridiculous. Until the console space has a cost-per-byte ratio comparable to PCs, console gamers won't have any incentive to turn from physical game media to virtual.
Current-gen storage space is used to reduce load times, not to provide a permanent home for an entire library. That model is going to have to shift if console makers want to do away with physical discs. Cheaper, expandable storage has to become a reality in the next generation; then, and only then, will download-only libraries become feasible.
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I would estimate that at the very most, digital games consist of 10% of game sales. Many console games cannot even be found digitally, many people don't have high speed Internet, or have bandwidth caps to think about. I'm guessing it'll be at least another full console generation before digital may catch up. I live in a major metropolitan area and my Internet is the same speed as it was 8 years ago, and costs $5 more than it used to, Internet bandwidth, latency, and availability is not expanding as fast as many would like to think it is, apart from Internet access on mobile devices.

In the USA, the infrastructure and internet speeds are lightyears behind. The rest of the world is different.
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