Obviously, the used game market isn't going anywhere.
And as GameStop president Tony Bartel told Polygon , trade-in and resell programs have a "clear benefit and value" for gamers everywhere.
Bartel admitted that he was surprised at the news that the Xbox One will require users to pay a small, one-time fee to play second-hand games.
However, he opted to go only with the facts, which is that the next-gen Xbox will indeed play used titles. That's the bottom line. Plus, as about 16 or 17% of new games and DLC are paid for via trade-in credits, the president argues that used games "add residual value." And as for the game manufacturers, Bartel believes that Sony and Microsoft place a fair amount of importance on the pre-owned market:
"I think that if you look at [Sony and Microsoft], both of them have come out and said 'Hey, we're going to support the transfer of games in trade-in and resale.' I think that both of them see the value of that. They understand that consumers put a high value on the ability to transfer games and the ability to get that residual value out of games."
The pre-owned game issue has been a common topic of argument for years. For a while, it was rumored that one (if not both) of the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft would block used games. Thankfully, that isn't true, but that little fee you must pay with the Xbox One is…interesting. We still have to pay for Xbox Live, right? And Kinect is mandatory? And the hard drive is unremovable? Well, all right then.