Anyone else been thinking how retail will now support the Xbone?
With PS4 being easy to trade, easy to rent, and easy to sell use games, will Gamestop treat both consoles equally? If Gamestop makes more on used PS4 sales, or just doesn't have to jump through hoops on PS4 like Xbone, will Gamestop give the Xbone the same amount of shelf space, love and attention? This goes with mom and pop stores, and any place that sells used games.
With all the restrictions on Xbone, I imagine Gamestop as well as any retail store will have to have a quick ability to explain the restrictions, which means a sign up that says what the Xbone can and cant do and what it requires, otherwise they are sure to get alot of returns when the customers who don't read game sites or watch E3 buy an Xbone cant play because they don't have good internet, travel alot, cant rent or trade their games, etc. It seems that they would have to have a way to explain this to prevent all that.
I imagine retail will start strong, but as the limitations and restrictions become more and more known, retail that supply used games will be less focused on Xbox than PS4, and if no changes by MS, will be hardware mostly, some shelfspace for games, but mostly just hardware.
As you can buy the game online on a online required Hardware box, I cant imagine in a few years gamestop sells much Xbone games.
As the Xbone doesnt have the ability to rent games (at least currently), gamefly, and redbox will focus on PS4, which is fantastic advertising for the new console. All Sony has to do is create an ad campaign like Nintedoesnt, showing what the PS4 does vs the Xbone.
It seems to me that MS could have created their own Steambox, where eventually almost all their sales are online and the box required, and eventually gets little support from retail, unless changes are made.
Cutting out the middle man, having purchases go through them directly, allows them to sell less consoles and games, but make the same or more money.