I'd hate this. Why? Because I like to get rid of some games when I am done with them. Right now I am stuck with 4 or 5 Steam games I am done playing and have no desire to pick up ever again. In the old days, I'd toss them on eBay and collect a few bucks. Now? Nope. I'm stuck. I think this is one of the primary purposes of Steam and such, actually, getting rid of first sale/the used game market.
Originally Posted by TyrantII
Tell it to Valve.
Really, I think you have it the other way around. Sony already has a direct connection to their daily consumers via the PSN. Games are just data. It's the retailers who are going to be hurting, as they use games and consoles as ways to get people to buy other stuff. God knows I've only stepped into a Best Buy \\ CC in the last year to pick up a game on release day [or close], since we can get our electronics for a 30% discount from net shopping.
And most likely it will be a dual distribution channel like Valve; Sony won't be doing net downloads exclusively.
Here's the thing.
Sony needs the retailers to push hardware. As you may or may not know, retailers don't make a lot of money off the hardware. A few bucks. The vast majority of the money they make, they get from accessories and a bit more on game sales. Videogame consoles are a classic "loss leader".
If Sony tells retailers to screw off, we are going to sell our games directly to customers for 50% off, the retailers can say, okay, well we're not gonna sell your console anymore unless we get a better cut off it. Which means that prices will have to go up, or Sony will have to take more losses. BB isn't going to work moving consoles for Sony only for Sony to soak up all game sales off PSN.
While you might not buy many games from Best Buy, you are hardly in the majority. BB, Target, Wal-Mart, EB move a tremendous amount of accessories, consoles, and games. Tons. Sony can't piss them off.