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I was thinking to myself after I read the news...
"Didn't they just have a conference with used game retailers?"
... and of course that got me thinking. What if the reason they back peddled was due to places like Gamestop decided that since the PS4 and Wii U didn't effect how business is currently ran why would they cater to Microsofts Xbox One demands? Why bother carrying it at all? If they had to pay fees to sale a used game it becomes less profitable for them and less budget friendly for gamers.
They are forced to buy games at an even lower price and sell them at an even higher price to make a profit. This pretty much kills the point of dealing with used games. Those games take up a lot of real estate and many eventually get sold for less than they paid for them.
So why bother with the Xbox One at all if it is contradictory to their main source of revenue?
I could see places like Gamestop and others that Microsoft will be relying on to sell the console simply saying "Here's our counter offer... we won't carry the system or games". Retailers don't generally make much on a console sell if they make anything at all, some even take a loss. Where the money comes in is through games and accessories. There is a reason most companies similar to Gamestop have gone out of business. There is little money to be made. The used games have become their bread and butter. It's not like the Xbox One was overly popular after E3 anyways lol.
If you could walk into a store and pick up a Wii U and PS4 as well as games and accessories but had to go to Microsofts website to order an Xbox One and accessories as well as games then Microsoft would lose a great deal of revenue due to the other systems convenience.
In the end Microsoft managed to alienate gamers, indie developers (Some with very big names. Imagine if CU was suddenly coming to console, which one do you think they would pick since they are looking to self publish?), and the very retailers they are relying on to sale the system and accessories.
Those are my thoughts on the matter, what are yours?