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EA: Used games are an important part of the industry

The industry’s pre-owned U-turn continues to gather pace. Fresh after Sony’s admission yesterday that used games do not necessarily damage the industry’s economy”, EA has now said that pre-owned games are an important part of the industry”. The [next-gen] boxes have been designed so you can start to play the …

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GameStop: Next-gen consoles WON’T block pre-owned

Industry insight or wishful thinking? Global games retail giant GameStop believes that the PS4 and Xbox 720 won’t incorporate pre-owned blocking technology. Since the turn of the year separate rumours have suggested that both the Next Xbox and the PS4 would utilise methods to either prevent gamers from playing games …

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NPD: UK’s Q4 used games market was £90m

British gamers spent nearly 100m on pre-owned software during Q4 2011. According to NPD data shared with MCV, $141.9m (90m) went on used game purchases during Christmas. That’s just ten per cent of the 780m GfK Chart-Track reports was spent on new boxed video games in the same period. The …

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Tretton "opposed to blocking used games"

Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton has admitted that he personally does not support the idea of potentially blocking the use of pre-owned games on next-gen consoles. Rumours have claimed that both the Next Xbox and PS4 will utilise measures that prevent consumers from using game discs previously purchased …

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RUMOUR: PS4 codenamed Orbis; Includes anti pre-owned tech; Due 2013

Yet another rumour has pointed to the next PlayStation launching alongside the Xbox 360 successor in 2013. But Kotaku claims to have word from what it calls a reliable source” of some quite detailed specs for the new machine, way beyond anything published to date. Firstly, it claims the new …

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Pre-owned Vita players will still get Trophies

Vita owners have found a workaround that will enable them to earn Trophies from second hand games. Fears first arose when it emerged each pre-owned Vita title locks Trophies to the first owner, perhaps as a deterrent to the used games market. The message reads: "You cannot earn trophies in …

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EB Games to scrap distinction between new and used games

Canadian retailer EB Games has reportedly done away with the distinction between new and pre-owned games. Kotaku claims to have word that store workers have been told that used games sections will be eliminated”, that used game relay materials can be discarded” and that used games will be shelved with …

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The Hut launches games trade-in service

Online retail firm The Hut Group has set up a new website that allows customers to buy and sell pre-owned video games. TheHutRecycle.com lets users trade in their old games, CDs, DVDs, mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players and more in exchange for vouchers. These can be used to spend …

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Dirt 3 receives Online Pass

Codemasters’ upcoming Dirt 3 comes bundled with a code that lets users play online and unlock five new vehicles. According to Eurogamer it is called the VIP pass and is only included in new retail copies, gamers that buy the game used will have to pay extra to go online. …

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Pre-owned claims 25% of GAMEs sales

Retailer GAME has stated that second-hand will account for 25 per cent of its sales this financial year. That’s up from 21 per cent in 2009. The news comes as part of the firm’s interim statement, which revealed that GAME’s sales are down 8.8 per cent for the 44 weeks …

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