Microsoft considering allowing users to resell digital games?

Tipster suggests survey could hint at possible new game marketplace; if true, users may be able to buy and sell digital games.

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Microsoft may be considering the introduction of a virtual marketplace that could allow users to buy and resell Xbox One digital purchases, according to a reportedly leaked survey by a user on the NeoGAF forums.

While nothing has been confirmed--and the source, known mole, user "crazy buttocks on a train" (better known to the website’s community as CBOAT) acknowledges that the details are simply potential scenarios--if implemented, the concept could allow console owners to purchase and sell new and pre-owned digital games. According to the report, users may be offered virtual goods at a range of prices and with differing features, though no specifics were detailed. An undisclosed service fee may also be charged to the seller following a successful transaction through the system.

The survey the information supposedly comes from makes note that the service could be available through the console’s premium subscription service, and makes mention of both Xbox Live Gold and Sony’s PlayStation Plus service. The inclusion of the latter has prompted some users to conclude that the survey may have originated with a third-party publisher, retailer, or a contracted external marketing company rather than Microsoft itself.

Unconfirmed rumours surfaced earlier this week suggesting that the Xbox One could launch at retail on November 8, before later being retracted and pointing to an another window in November. CBOAT mocked the claims and noted in the forum post that Microsoft customer service staff are being called in on November 15 to coincide with the roll out of a new "Assisted Support Desktop" system for Xbox One. Its introduction will reportedly include a more robust security system designed to thwart Xbox account phishing attempts.

While CBOAT has previously correctly broken details about Microsoft’s platforms, as with any unofficial information, its authenticity remains unknown. GameSpot attempted to contact the poster, and will update if further information becomes available. A Microsoft spokesperson was unavailable for comment at time of publication.

Microsoft has so far only confirmed that the Xbox One will launch this November for $499/€499/£429/A$599.

Discussion

652 comments
darrenfps
darrenfps

One of the biggest reasons I despise digital anything is because one can do more with "Tangible" items. However, this would be a giant step in the right direction because it would obviously add some sense of tangibility. I really hope they move in this direction.

kohle36
kohle36

This is a great idea, if properly implemented. If the industry leaders expect gamers to transition to a digital-only model, there needs to be some way of selling back a game you don't want to keep. Money goes to the publishers and developers instead of a retail outlet and Cliffy B. can stop bitching about used games. Everyone wins.

Of course, there needs to be more incentive to transfer to digital than just parity with the current retail model. Given the choice and price parity, many people will take a retail copy over digital. Considering that digital copies are cheaper to produce and distribute, as well as not being beholden to retail markup, it'd be nice to see new digital releases at a discount.

At3fD
At3fD

ps fanboys are here. i'm shocked ! ! 

Ankur Arora
Ankur Arora

They got shareholders like any other public listed company. Every company is greedy son

Tom Garry
Tom Garry

Yes, I'm getting a PS4... your point? lol

Jules Williams
Jules Williams

That would be good get rid of the fifa 14 I dont want lol

tightwad34
tightwad34

At least they are finally talking about it. I mean, since the future is going to go all digital then they are going to have to allow us to sell our games. If they don't then it will be an absolute shitstorm that would eventually result in us being allowed to sell used digital games. Is there really such a thing as used digital games? I guess it's all still kind of weird to me. I mean, I've only downloaded 2 games in my life.

hadlee73
hadlee73

If I make a speculative forum post can I also be featured so heavily in the news tomorrow? Or are Gamespot intending to post actual news tomorrow? :P

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

I could see this working:

  • Buy a game for $10
  • Sell it to your friend as used for $8
  • Your friend buys it for $8
  • You pay a $2 sellers fee

So essentially, you get $8 dollars back, but you paid $12 for it total (including the sellers fee of $2). Your friend pays $8 for it.

Then, your friend wants to sell it:

  • They bought the game for $8
  • Sell it to another friend for $8
  • Their friend buys it for $8
  • Your original friend pays $2 sellers fee

So essentially, your friend gets $8 back, but paid $10 for it (including the sellers fee of $2).

I'm sure they'll have a time restriction as to when a game is finally available for resell.

This ensures the developer has ample time to make max profit off of a game during a certain period of time. Then, once the hype of the game has faded, they allow it to be resold and still can make decent profit from the resell value.

However, this could eliminate (or at least highly limit) digital games that go on sale from time to time.

There are many different scenarios. And I'm sure in the long run, it will just be a different way of spinning the whole process of selling and reselling games. Sorry for the long post.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Digital games are worthless and have no value. 

damo320
damo320

Because this is MS it will go something like this:

MS Sell consumer game for full retail price.

Consumer can then resell at 15-30% of original price. 

MS charge you a resale fee additionally.

bmart970
bmart970

Notice that possible good news get like 25% of the comments of bad news articles.

Nick Warren
Nick Warren

Too late, already do that with steam.

thedeadraptor
thedeadraptor

Developers: "Ouuhh! Stabbed... in... the back!"

David Kniffin
David Kniffin

So how the hell do you price a "used" digital game?

kiryyya
kiryyya

This is probably why XBL went with the new currency system and abandoned points. It makes sense

skeet1964
skeet1964

If this is true, it would be a very smart move by MS (this coming from a Sony guy).  Somehow, they need to make digital a good value for consumers.  This resell option is brilliant.  Do this, or at least drop the price of digital downloads by $15 or so.  If MS does this, I hope Sony will follow suit.  Why not ride the wave of these two competitors in making things better for consumers all the way around?

Nathan Maxfield
Nathan Maxfield

That is something that the Sony fanboys would say because it would be ill-informed. No one would have any idea what percentage the developers were receiving but I am sure the Sonyites would say it's less than 1%.

csward
csward

Say it ain't so!?!?

CBN16
CBN16

This is really cool, but I feel like people will not get as much money as they should.

kessel21
kessel21

the first platform to offer "all you can eat rented downloaded games", wins.  say, $19.99/mo, d/l any game you want.  play it as long as you want.  only one game in your rented slot at a time.

Cas Sanchez
Cas Sanchez

No one can take a joke around here. It's just hardware guys, relax..

SolidTy
SolidTy

 I would love this feature...if it did happen, I can see others following suit from Steam to Wii U to even Origin. I'm all for it. The main reason why I buy RETAIL over Digital is my ability to resell.

GymFox
GymFox

lol... F-ings haters all around. Just chill out guys and gals. You know MS vs. Sony fanboy thing is sooooo passe (you both call each other that). How about get your respective consoles, support consumer friendly policies, indies, and fight profiteering. This reminds me of dems vs. repubs online. Such unnecessary vitriol 

evol8i
evol8i

@kohle36 I agree with most of your comment. Just wanted to say F%$K Cliffy B.! Lame developer that bans people for 9999 years for accidentaly getting into a modded lobby on their severs can suck it. I am not a violent guy but I hate them for being so ignorant to their fan base. Thanks for the positive comments on the digital content discussion.

frostbite2user
frostbite2user

@tightwad34 i like having the disc with box art, i have only downloaded one game and do not plan to download any more, unless it is free...i guess it all comes down to do you want the box or not?

DavidinCT
DavidinCT

@SIDEFX1 but, they do, they have the same value as your DVD you stick in your console, **IF** there is a marketplace to transfer/sell your licence to the digital game, then there is value.

Microsoft could grow this... and it could become huge. Think new game comes out, 2 weeks later you want it, you can go in to the store and pay $59.99 or buy the "used" digital copy for $45, what would you do ?

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

@Nick Warren You can gift games that you have a spare copy of or buy it for them. You cannot sell them your version of the game.

TheGuardianX
TheGuardianX

@kessel21 Wow I like that idea! I would definitely be up for that idea. Except perhaps more then one game in your rental slot.

frostbite2user
frostbite2user

@Lenga Banks cool you forgot dualshock 4 though, no-one has really implemented a screen yet, except wii u but its way different than ds4

tightwad34
tightwad34

@frostbite2user Same here. I will always prefer a physical copy. That's what I grew up with and it's always been that way until the last couple of years. I won't stop playing games if I can only download them. I'll just do it with a sad face.