Remember back last week when the rumors of the next Xbox being barring used games went by without a statement from Microsoft? And how that would strike a blow deep into retailer’s pockets while also causing outrage among consumers? Well now, Gamestop has answered those rumors with a sound guys-come on-think-about-this-and-be-smart rebuttal.
VG24/7 reported last night from the Goldman Sachs technology and internet Conference that the retailer has done their own research into the topic and found that consumers are on the side of used games. Chief Financial Officer Rob Lloyd proclaimed that 60% of their customers wouldn’t buy a new console if used games were off the table.
“Consumers want the ability to play pre-owned games, they want portability in their games; they want to play physical games. And to not have those things would be a substantial reason for them not to purchase a new console.”
While you could argue that the physical format isn’t needed as much anymore thanks to an overabundance of digital sales outlets, it’s tough to deny that an Xbox without used games would be a tough sell if their competition didn’t follow suit. An informal poll over on Kotaku got similar results to Gamestop’s numbers for potential disgruntled users.
CFO Rob Lloyd also went on to explain the way used games factor into the company’s sales figures, citing that publishers are well aware of the back and forth nature of used games. He also reminded everyone that the money customers get from trading in games usually go right back into new games, and thus, promote additional sales for developers.
Gamasutra has a nice roundup of everything Gamestop CFO Rob Lloyd touched on during the question and answer session. So what do you think? How will this affect retailers if used games get the boot and can stores dependent on physical sales survive in the digital age?
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