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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jun 20, 2013

GameStop, GameFly Reacts To Xbox One’s Used Game Announcement

As many of you are aware right now, Microsoft took the Xbox One and did a complete One-eighty on its used game and internet connection policies. In essence, they said that the people spoke, and they decided to listen as they decided to use Xbox 360-like policies for the Xbox One. That means no 24 hour internet connection required, and used game were not going to have any limitations placed on them by publishers.

The people were, of course, quite happy with this development, but they’re not the only ones. Other companies that deal heavily with used and borrowed games are thrilled as well, including GameStop and GameFly. Here is what GameStop had to say:

Gamestop welcomes today’s announcement from Microsoft about changes in functionality for its next-generation console, the Xbox One,” Gamestop says. “This is great news for gamers and we applaud Microsoft for understanding consumers and the importance of the pre-owned market.

GameFly, the rental service akin to Netflix’s traditional DVD-by-mail model was also thrilled to hear of Microsoft’s change in direction, with Sean Spector (co-founder) saying “today is a win/win for consumers, as well as GameFly.” I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t quite as great a day for Sony, but at the same time, have a little competition is good. As we’ve already seen, one company’s policies can help keep another company honest, and I don’t know just what would have happened had Microsoft failed so hard that Sony became the de facto console manufacturer for the “hardcore” gamer group.

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