In the wake of Microsoft’s reversal on DRM stuff with the Xbox One yesterday, gamers have mostly been pretty happy about the outcome. Of course, that hasn’t stopped some Monday Morning Quarterbacking in the form of blogs now extolling the virtues of what we COULD have had with 24-hour check-ins, game license-registrations, and the potential for cheaper games. Yes, yes, every time something happens, someone’s got a reason why it’s terrible.
But you know who’s really happy about Microsoft bringing the Xbox One back in line with the status quo? Those companies that make money off of used games. Today GameStop issued a statement in support of this new-old stance on pre-owned games:
“GameStop welcomes today’s announcement from Microsoft about changes in functionality for its next-generation console, the Xbox One. This is great news for gamers and we applaud Microsoft for understanding consumers and the importance of the pre-owned market.”
And that’s not all. GameFly, the “Netflix of video games” company that rents games through the mail and also sells used games, is pretty pleased about Microsoft’s revised stance as well. Said the company’s co-founder and senior vice president Sean Spector:
“I always felt good about the future of GameFly, but I feel better today. Today is a win/win for consumers, as well as GameFly. I think choice is always important and now consumers have more choice. And I give [Microsoft] credit for listening to their consumers.
I think the original proposal would have been detrimental to lots of people’s [business] systems. Not just GameFly. And, most importantly, gamers. Based on what I’ve read today, which is all I know today, it’s business as usual for Xbox. Their statement is really cut and dry.”
Clearly the used game business is pleased, because it gets to continue doing what it does. And gamers are pleased that they don’t have to relearn how to deal with games, or figure out new systems that would seem to take the power out of their hands.
If nothing else, this has taught us something important: change is tough. Better to move to new paradigms slowly rather than trying to force the issue, no matter how good the idea may seem on paper.