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No plans to sell new releases on Xbox Live

Ben Parfitt
No plans to sell new releases on Xbox Live

Microsoft has stated that new release titles will not be sold on its upcoming Xbox 360 games on demand service – for now.

“Right now the plan is to have classic titles,” Xbox Live and services boss John Schappert told Eurogamer.

“We're talking about 30 titles at launch – I think we mentioned BioShock, Mass Effect, Sonic and Civilization Revolution.

“Some of these titles are great titles, but retail shelf space is at a premium, and not everything manages to stay at retail for as long as consumers would still like to buy it.

“We generally think there's a lot of legs left on the 360 – we think we're only halfway through our cycle – so we want to pick up some of these older, great games you can't buy at retail.”

Sony has toyed with full-game downloads for new-release PS3 games, with third party publisher such as Ubisoft currently offering a range of games for download over PSN – more often than not at prices far higher than can be found in the shops.

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