A few days ago, a Volition designer said the used game market was in danger of crippling the industry .
But Sabre Interactive CEO Matthew Karch is saying that in reality, pre-owned games aren't a bad thing. In speaking to CVG , Karch addressed the rumor that the next Xbox might block used games. Said Karch:
"As long as games are distributed on physical medium as physical goods, players should have the right to buy and sell them."
He added that if a player doesn't like a game, it's "just not fair" that they'd have to keep it. He even used his studio's new game, Inversion , as an example- "If people buy Inversion and it's not for them, then why should they be forced to turn it into a drink coaster?" he said. Karch also supports digital distribution, saying the new $60 price tag for games could be cut in half if we switched from physical to digital. He said agetting a game to retail consists of $30 of "waste" expenses.
His solution? Have a game be broken down into two sections – single-player and multiplayer – and charge $15 for each or $30 for the pair. That could make things a whole lot cheaper but once again, we'd have to wave goodbye to physical media…and our libraries.