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02/07/2013

Next Xbox won't let you play used games?

If you enjoy playing used or borrowed games on your gaming console – such as the Xbox 360 – prepare to pay all the time.

According to a gaming website, Microsoft's next iteration of the Xbox won't let you play borrowed or second-hand games.

Edge-Online.com reports that the next Xbox will have restrictions in place on which games can be played, and discs that have already been spun up inside somebody else's console will be kaput once they get inserted in yours.

Instead, they're going to push online game delivery and digital downloads as a way of getting your gaming fix.

That's not to say you can't buy physical games anymore. The Edge-Online.com report, citing unnamed sources, says games will still ship on 50GB Blu-Ray discs with activation codes that only the initial gamer can take advantage of.

The implications for game developers are huge. If Microsoft actually moves ahead with this reported change, gamers will have to pay the developer for each copy of the game used.

As it is now, used game sales at resellers such as GameSpot or EB Games don't send any cash back to the companies that first made the games.

And this could hurt them – Forbes is reporting that EB Games' stock slid almost 7 per cent. But then again, game publishers and developers would theoretically get a bigger cut of revenues.

What would you think if you couldn't buy used games?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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