The main reasons I can see for keeping second hand are :|
1 Region release dates get staggered again, and game region locking comes back, making it desirable to buy a game at release, sell it and buy again when localised.
2 Any form of internet becomes mandatory for a console. This essentially places an ISP subscription tax on getting to play games, thereby denying people both the use of their bought product rights and the right of first sale.
I'm personally far more concerned with the internet requirement, as that is completely unacceptable for anyone that likes to buy the rights to use their games (for as long as hardware and media last). It isn't a sold product when it needs the platform holder to be in business to use it. It is little more than a shitty virgin netgear router or Sky HD box
Judging by the way the world has stupidly empowered companies like Apple, Samsung, facebook to devalue gaming and the platform holder strategies that provide it. It now seems inevitable that these unacceptable practices will be implemented in the name of protecting developers, just to enrich publishers. Items like hardware b/c are no longer deemed important features to make the 50m vocal gamer enthusiasts part with money for a console at launch price.
So it looks like the industry is going to suffer a catastrophic crash in about 2015 imo. Unless either Sony or Microsoft leave the market before that or Apple and Samsung lose about 60% of their sales and market value. Gaming looks like it is becoming financially non-viable for AAA development, consumers or platform holders in the long run.
#9352728, By vizzini Next generation of consoles come in
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