Rumor: Microsoft Considering Digital Game Reselling

A neat idea

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Microsoft might be planning to introduce a marketplace where gamers can actually resell their digitally downloaded video games.

A NeoGAF posting shows a survey that could suggest that Microsoft is planning on some sort of marketplace for gamers to resell their digital games.

Here’s the survey and all of its suggestions:

For the following questions please assume that Microsoft Xbox One will offer a digital marketplace where you can purchase and sell digital video games.

New digital marketplace where you can purchase and sell digital video games:

-This will be available through the systems’ premium subscription service (such as Xbox Live Gold/Playstation Plus)
-You will have the ability to purchase and sell pre-owned digital video games.
-You will have the ability to sell back/trade in your versions of digital games you have purchased.
-You will have the ability to buy pre-owned digital versions of games through the online marketplace.
-You will have a variety of prices and features available to purchase for pre-owned digital versions of games.
-All transactions will take place via digital downloads/transfers within your next generation gaming system’s digital store.
-New full game digital downloads will still be available, as will physical (disc) versions sold at retail stores/websites.
-Pre-owned disc versions of games will be able to be played on the next generation gaming system for free.
-There will be a marketplace service fee charged to the seller when they sell a digital version of a game.

This will be cool considering there is currently nothing gamers can do if they purchase a game they don’t like. If you bought a game like Aliens: Colonial Marines digitally, you are stuck with that game forever with no way of getting a refund or trading it in for another game.

EA already announced that its Origin service will be offering refunds if gamers ask for one 7 days after purchasing a game. Could digital resales be something all companies might provide in the near future?

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Damian Antony Seeto


Game reviewer from New Zealand

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