There has been a lot of "hate" tossed out at the Xbox One since it was unveiled the other day, and you could argue that some of that "hate" will likely be applied to Sony's Playstation 4 as well after more details are released. However, there is really just one aspect that truly bothers me: the attitudes towards the used game market.
I have been reading several opinions on this topic, but nothing sticks out to me more than some comments from Ben Kuchera at Penny Arcade:
Without the used market sucking up all those sales and all that consumer money, it's very possible we'll see Steam-style sales on older or bundled games on the Xbox One. It's not a sure thing, but killing used games is going to free up a ton of money for companies to try new ideas in terms of sales and pricing. The people who get innovative and take advantage of this structure will thrive. The rest are likely to slowly choke on the new economics of game development.
It needs to be made clear, if all the studio closings and constant lay-offs haven't made this explicit: The current economics of game development and sales are unsustainable. Games cost more to make, piracy is an issue, used-games are pushed over new, and players say the $60 cost is too high. Microsoft's initiatives with the Xbox One may solve many of these issues, even if we grumble about it. These changes ultimately make the industry healthier.
What about this stands out to me? Find out after the jump.