GameStop Applauds Microsoft’s Reversal


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.

[Via Joystiq (1), (2)]

  1. That last bit is extremely well-said. Change is tough… but even as a PlayStation fan, lately I’ve been thinking that change will be required to make the console industry strong again.

  2. Eh.. I’m still going with the PS4.

  3. So now instead of getting a 10 person unlimited game sharing system that includes the sharing of dlc and full games digital and or otherwise and having the ability to trade in digital games and lend them and gift them while maintaining the right to trade in physical game copies at the behest of third party publishers(first party was always allowed said MS) and the possibility to get games cheaper (remember I said possibility don’t cut my head off). Instead of all that we get to trade in only physical discs without limitations and we get to lend them to our friends yay! …. no not yay effin bs. Chicken shit crybabies afraid of change this setup was genius they might not have desceibed it well enough and the medias words didn’t help either but I mean come on. We traded away all that because we didn’t like being somewhat “limited” by third party publishers if they even did limit us. And we didn’t like having to connect once a day for a minute or two that’s so rediculous. Even without all that stuff the xbox is still way way better. Better games better features equal live/network service. Sad sad day in gaming that we had to lose all that because of peoples inability to hrasp such a concept. Its so aggravating. I would pay for those benefits! Here’s to hoping MS somehow gives us the old option come launch day because it sounded much better.

  4. Microsoft had a panic attack when they saw the numbers pouring in from businesses such as GameStop and Best Buy and quickly realized, “Shit, maybe that wasn’t a good idea……” In my opinion, this should have never happened in the first place. That’s why I’m a Sony faithful, I have never had to worry about garbage like this. And who’s to say Microsoft won’t try some other little ploy behind the gamer community’s back? That’s why it was the SuxBox 3-Shitty before and the XBone now. Have fun MS fanboys. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts.

  5. Microsoft MAY have had a nice idea, but the execution was terrible and they were too damn arrogant about it. Don Mattrick actually said if we don’t like it, or don’t have Internet, we should stick to the 360. If that isn’t a self headshot, I don’t know what is.

  6. Like Henry said, nothing stops Microsoft from changing it’s policies again post launch… I’d look out for that xbone boys

  7. What about a dual policy system? It would be tricky but I would like to keep the original policy and have the day one update optional.

  8. Its not about Microsoft correcting its mistakes, but that they shouldn’t have made those choses in the first place. It doesn’t matter switching to better choices cause the damage is done

  9. If its not broken, call it absolete, change it, call it improved and sell it for a high price, Microsoft will just have to buy some big boy panties and lose to Sony.

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