GameStop Assures Consumers that PS4 and Xbox One Games Can Be Resold

May 22, 2013 -

While Microsoft is being a little bit cagey about how it will handle used games on Xbox One, GameStop is trying to reassure consumers that next-generation games will be able to be bought and sold. Speaking to Forbes, GameStop president Tony Bartel explained why having the ability to buy and sell games is important as consoles transition.

"Both Sony and Microsoft have said games can be resold and that's exactly what we anticipated. It's a recognized way to make these games more affordable. All three new platforms understand that," Bartel told Forbes. "As people upgraded to PS3 they traded in their old systems and libraries, which is why Sony made the move to not support backwards compatibility with later iterations of PS3. That's why the 'buy, sell, trade' model works well. It enables people to purchase new games by trading in their old ones. We expect to see the same thing with this transition for PS4 and Xbox One. Trade-ins allow for a seamless transition."

Bartel also pointed out that around 70 percent of the $1 billion that GameStop rakes in from used game sales goes right back into new game sales. He also notes that the cash generated from many of the used products sold by consumers will be spent on new consoles as well.

Source: Forbes

 


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Re: GameStop Assures Consumers that PS4 and Xbox One Games ...

It was always Gamestop's "fault." But I never saw anyone on eBay or Craigslist resell a Call of Duty for $45 and give Activision $5.

Re: GameStop Assures Consumers that PS4 and Xbox One Games ...

I'm so tired of people hating on GameStop. Now see where we are? Microsoft is now putting restrictions on YOU, the consumer because everyone cried about getting back $25 on a game they paid $50 for. So, what? I love buying used games, and when I'm done with a game, I trade it in and get another or three.

"Used games hurt the industry!" No. It's the lack of sh*ts that the big-wigs in the industry that seem to give hurt it.

I recently read an article from, I think it was David Cage, who brought up a point about bow the past 5 years or so in the industry have just been absolute garbage; the over saturation of the FPS market, developers changing their well-established formula to try and compete with other franchises, rushing their products out the door before the other guy, etc. It was very eye-opening.

Anyway, In my opinion, Microsoft has officially shot themselves in the foot with this move, and from what I've seen coming out of them in the backlash is Damage Control on apocalyptic levels. 

I really hope Microsoft can save themselves by the time E3 rolls around.

"It doesn't matter who's got the bigger stick. What's matters is how you swing it"

Re: GameStop Assures Consumers that PS4 and Xbox One Games ...

And does Mr. Bartel realize that the manufacturers hate his business model and would dearly love to crush him under their collective heel?

Re: GameStop Assures Consumers that PS4 and Xbox One Games ...

And in doing so, they would crush roughly 50% of their US retail market. Wouldn't that be useful.

 
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