Microsoft: We don't want to upset Xbox 360 retailers with Games on Demand

There are tons of rumors about how the next version of the Xbox may have an always-on Internet connection in order to keep consumers from selling their retail disc games. However, for the current Xbox 360 console, it appears that Microsoft wants to keep its strong relationship with brick-and-mortar stores and will avoid selling major games day-and-date with their retail releases.

While Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii U both offer some major games via download on the same days they first appear in stores, Microsoft doesn't have that kind of program for its own Games on Demand service for the Xbox 360. The company typically waits several weeks or even months to offer disc-based games for download.

Joystiq reports that during a panel this week at the MIT Business in Games conference, Microsoft's Xbox Games on Demand Senior Business Manager Erik Yeager explained the reasons for the company's current policy:

We have a lot of strong partnerships with retailers. We really need them to do a lot for us. They're the ones out there selling the consoles, selling the peripherals and, in this time, we're trying to figure out how to fit that in to the whole digital landscape shift.

The bottom line seems to be that Microsoft wants to keep its working relationship solid with retailers such as GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy and others in terms of giving them the first shot of selling Xbox 360 games.

The big question: Will the rumors of blocking used game sales for the next Xbox turn out to be true and, if so, will that cause a major rift between Microsoft and GameStop, which relies heavily on sales of used games? Indeed, an executive for the retailer has already said their customer surveys have indicated gamers won't buy next-generation consoles if they can't resell their games.

Source: Joystiq | Image via Microsoft

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Games on Demand, GoD for short.

not now, but GoD will demands monetary sacrifice from the faithful believers & followers.
Church of GoD is open, please registers as member of GoD with your credit cards or paypal accounts.

DARKFiB3R said,
Anybody know where this 'no used games' rumour started?

yeah,sony fanboys getting desperate because the PS4 sucks.

vcfan said,

yeah,sony fanboys getting desperate because the PS4 sucks.

You know this rumor was direct / talked about both Sony's PS4 and Microsoft Xbox Next, and Sony indirectly, but no officially said this won't happen, Microsoft is still silent.

If Sony and MS came out now with public statement, they clear it right up, but they haven't so the rumor is going to persist.

the Xbox may have an always-on Internet connection in order to keep consumers from selling their retail disc games

Dear god, could we pretend to be real journalists for a minute and stop distributing this fud?? This is in no way substantiated by anything, nor will it ever happen.

I hope they ban used games. why should gamestop get all the profits from used games and the developer gets nothing. **** gamestop. they leech off the hard work of the people in these companies. youre always seeing these game developers going out of business. if gamestop wants to operate,they should get a small percentage of the profit and the developer gets the rest.

I just don't know. I don't buy used games but I don't like the big brother control either and will avoide it. Game devs expect to sell a game once. The used game was sold once at retail. After that, it's none of their business.

A person buying a used game most likely has non intention of buying the game at full retail at all. What are you going to propose next, outlawing pawn shops, used car lots? Can buy and then resell a home?

And who cares? A game bought used is still a game bought, the developer is likely to make $$ through DLC's and other add-on content VS losing that customer all together if they didn't have the option to buy the game used.

So with that mindset, I shouldn't be able to sell my car either? Honda should get a cut if I make some money on my used car? What about cloths? What about ebay? Should the original manufacturer be getting a cut too? Lets do away with yard sales as well since OM isn't getting a cut.

I don't think there's any danger of Microsoft upsetting Xbox 360 retailers with games on demand games, the prices are crazy.

£50 for a downloadable copy of Black Ops 2... no thanks.


The bottom line seems to be that Microsoft wants to keep its working relationship solid with retailers such as GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy and others in terms of giving them the first shot of selling Xbox 360 games.

And if the rumor is true about not allowing used games, Gamestop will be out of business which I think is CRAP. And the BS you would have to go thru to use the games you bought if you got a new console....well, MS you are a bunch of idiots if this rumor is true. I am all for helping to stop piracy, but not at the cost of the consumers who actually buy their games and dont pirate them. People who pay $60 bucks for a game also like to trade them in for another game at a discounted price.

If the rumor is true about not allowing used games, the Xbox division will be out of business as well.

It would be suicide for them to force this upon gamers. If Microsoft's succes with Xbox proved anything then its that your fortunes in this market can change drastically with each generation. One moment PS2 was king of both core and casual gamers the next X360 owns core and Wii owns casual.

Surface sales would look great compared to the numbers this online-only Xbox would sell. I hope they aren't that stupid. But honestly Microsoft has done some stupid things over the years. I like to believe they're making up for it with cool products like Windows Phone but I wouldnt put it past them to do this...

@Shadowzz It's not too late for them to add it, especially if they thing Game Devs will like it being implemented. But if they don't, that will definitely put PS4 in play for me and I'm a die-hard Xbox-er.

techbeck said,

And if the rumor is true about not allowing used games, Gamestop will be out of business which I think is CRAP. And the BS you would have to go thru to use the games you bought if you got a new console....well, MS you are a bunch of idiots if this rumor is true. I am all for helping to stop piracy, but not at the cost of the consumers who actually buy their games and dont pirate them. People who pay $60 bucks for a game also like to trade them in for another game at a discounted price.

Right so you are already calling the guys in the Xbox division idiots because some gronk made up some rumor that may or may not be true? Just wait and see, it does no good making judgments off other people crap.

ingramator said,

Right so you are already calling the guys in the Xbox division idiots because some gronk made up some rumor that may or may not be true? Just wait and see, it does no good making judgments off other people crap.

I said IF the rumors are true they are idiots. If being the key word here. It pays to read a little.