Tag Archives: second hand

Confusion over European second-hand download ruling

Digital download retailers have called in the lawyers following a shock EU decision that could legitimise second-hand sales in the download space. The ruling followed a dispute between Oracle and UsedSoft. UsedSoft was selling second-hand licences for Oracle software, so Oracle took the firm to the European Court of Justice. …

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Pachter dismisses PS4 used games block

Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter does not believe PlayStation 4 will prevent users from playing pre-owned games. Rumours spread this morning that the next Sony console– reportedly named Orbis – will include anti pre-owned technology to block second hand titles. Reports earlier this year claimed the next Xbox will feature similar …

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NPD: $1.29bn for Q4 used, digital and social games in Europe

Consumers across UK, Germany and France spent over a billion dollars on non-new physical games in the last three months of 2011. According to new data from NPD looking at ‘all monetization methods outside of new physical retail sales’, used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, social network games, …

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I feel used

[#AltDevBlogADay] Volition design director Jameson Durall explores the pre-owned issue from a developer's perspective

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OPINION: The end of pre-owned would be a disaster for games

Reports this morning – which it must be said remain totally unsubstantiated – claim that the Next Xbox could incorporate a new technology that blocks the use of pre-owned games on the console. The gravity of this news, if true, would have industry-wide ramifications. The fallout for retail would be …

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New Xbox to block pre-owned, incorporate Blu-ray

Barely a day passes now without some sort of fresh claim about the Next Xbox, but today’s are arguably some of the juiciest so far. Kotaku has word of two claims. One, that the new machine will include Blu-ray disc technology. And two – it will implement some sort of …

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FEATURE: Have the supermarkets failed in pre-owned?

Last year, Argos, Asda and Tesco made headlines by accepting trade-ins. For years, second-hand was the domain of the specialists – GAME’s way of coping with the aggressive pricing of online retailers and those pesky grocers.Suddenly this was under attack. Tesco would accept used games in its Extra stores, Asda …

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Apple accused of selling second hand iPhones

A consumer rights activist has a filed a lawsuit against Apple at a Chinese court accusing the firm of selling refurbished iPhones, according toShanghai Daily. He claims the company is trying to pass them off as new at a Beijing store. The report says Wang Hai is representing two consumers …

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Mass Effect 3 gets Online Pass

EA has confirmed that BioWare’s next sci-fi RPG will continue the publisher’s one-time code strategy. Anyone that purchases a new copy of Mass Effect 3 will find an Online Pass code, which grants access to the newly-announced Galaxy At War multiplayer mode. Those who buy a second-hand copy will have …

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