Originally Posted by Madman340
The thing about it is they would be alienating the users who don't have internet/good internet, and users that rely on second-hand games to be able to play. I would wager that this is more than 10% of their userbase. There are many articles (I can't seem to find any very recent ones, but late 2010/2011 isn't too long ago) that show that up to half the gamers with 360's don't even pay for LIVE. So instead of 10%, they could potentially be forcing an ultimatum on nearly half of their console base. I wouldn't consider it a ballsy/risky move at that point, I'd consider it suicide.
I don't think they would be much worried about those with bad Internet...just because they didn't pay for Xbox live doesn't mean they don't have Internet. They would have to give Xbox live away for free...well, they wouldn't have to, but it would probably tank sales if they didn't. Plus, all the Xboxes and games sold in a couple major US cities probably out classes all the sales in more rural areas all put together that don't have good Internet access. I highly doubt there are many people in major cities who buy Xboxes and don't have a decent Internet connection...or at least decent enough for the Xbox to work most of the time. Even if they are pulling in a bar or two of some cafe's guest wifi.
The second hand sales are a different matter. I know the publishers hate them with a passion, but they are going to have to allow them at some level. Newly released second hand games need to go. If some one can afford to pay $50 for a second hand game they can afford to pay $60 for a fresh copy. That is just stupid that they aren't supporting the publishers and Developers to save just a few dollars. However, if I go digging through a bin or browse ebay for used games that are six months or more old and are priced at $20 or less...the publisher is probably not losing a sale, because I would not have bought the game had it not been cheap. However, just stopping the new second hand games will probably more than make up for any of their new draconian rules that are alienating some customers.Edited by Vagrant Storm - 4/5/13 at 12:35pm