Steam offers cheap games, and plenty of them. It has cut-price sales, and both new games and old are attractively priced. Anybody who’s ever taken a cursory glance at Xbox 360’s games on demand service will know that this does not apply to console digital downloads. And as long as Microsoft still has a crucial relationship with retailers, that’s not going to change.
This statement makes it sound as though XBL DDs are never discounted, which is quite simply a bald-faced lie, obviously written by someone who's never "taken a cursory glance at Xbox 360’s games on demand service". Games and DLC go on sale all of the time, generally some every week, typically 50%-75% off. As was pointed out, Gears of War Judgement
released 2 or 3 months ago, was just added to Games on Demand yesterday for $10 less than GameStop wants for a used copy (though you can find used copies for much less), $8 less than Amazon's current new price. Most if not all games eventually hit $20 or less as Platinum hits (often without even being labelled as such); there's a ton of GonD DDs available at these prices. (Unfortunately you can't sort GonD by price at Xbox.com, but you can click the "Cost" heading on this
list to do it). Admittedly, things are rarely available for $5 or $6 dollars as they apparently are on Steam, but occasionally they do
. Despite the sage testimony of the many armchair business theorists in this thread I fully expect that the same sort of discounting of Xbox One games will occur. You can ludicrously keep aging-or-unpopular titles at release price and watch sales gradually grind to a halt, or you can drop the prices and continue to profit.
Some people in this thread keep reiterating the lie that you won't be able to trade the titles you buy on discs, when the truth is that you won't be able to trade the games that you buy on used
discs, and will only be able to trade the new ones via narrowly defined processes.