XBOX will give you $6 for “USED” Downloaded games!?

“Make Your Voice Heard” Xbox asks, in an online survey they sent me to fill out… The subject of “BUYING BACK” Downloaded games has been raised again my Xbox in a new customer Survey… would YOU take 10% back as a “trade in” on so called “digital downloads”?

“We use your feedback to help us continuously improve on the products you love. Thank you for being an important member of the Xbox community.” They said… So I fed back.

Game, BTW is “Rise of the Tomb Raider” (duh) lookin’ maxed out and all pretty on my GTX 980ti (ie; NOT the uglier, lower-framerate, Xbox one version that MS sleazily purchased a short amount of console exclusivity on holding back the PC and PS4 versions and not telling anyone how long for, until the very last moment, until they sucked all the cash they could from X-slaves ;P ).

GTX 980 Ti – GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming – Review, Gameplay, Benchmarks

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  1. bobsobol on April 9, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Well, I don’t do consoles… Primarily because I can’t cope with their controllers, and always wondered why the 8 and 16 bit home computers often came with a controller or joystick when keyboard (and possibly mouse) are there and so much easier, but also because of this store BS, which is why I also don’t buy titles from Steam. _However_…

    I presume this question is an attempt to counter the almost complete boycott of the XBOne when it was announced that it would be digital download only, and no removable physical media of any kind to be supported.

    While I know PS3 people who use the Playstation Store and PSHome etc. all the XBox users among my friends will only _ever_ buy physical copies, and for one singular reason. Game and the Swap’n’Save don’t accept digital downloads in their trade-in deals, and that’s the _only_ way they can afford XBox games in the first place. Well, I tend to thing that if they didn’t complete _every_ game they get on their XBox within a week and consider them all to have 0 replay value, they could afford to buy games outright less frequently, but that’s not how XBox people of my experience roll. Again, since I’m still playing both Skyrim, *and* Oblivion on my PC, at much better performance than the rig I bought them for, and with massive improvements over the years of modding and ENBs, this "1 week max playtime is a good lifetime for a £60 video game" ethos doesn’t make me want to trade in my PC for a console. (at least, not an XBox)

    Sony, on the other hand, offer regular discounts and genuine benefits to the digital copies, including a direct transfer to replacement console if (when) your current console, on which your games, and their saves are stored. (so I understand, though the detail is too complex for me to fully grasp without the ability to "try it out" in practice… they seem to like it) Again, for me, at least the PS3 is a decent HD Blueray player for not much different price to a stand-alone, and does a half-way decent job of being a media-centre consumer and games system for free, at that point.

    I don’t know anyone who has gone XBone / PS4. They’re all trapped in the "until there are worthwhile titles there wont be any effort put into worthwhile titles" cycle. 🙁 Rather a shame, but I can see your Apple TV gaming setup being the future of "console gaming". I already know people using their FireHD stick in that way, and if you’re coming from an original Wii, it’s a pretty good experience.

  2. thackest2k on April 9, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    only time ill buy downloadable games is when you cant get a physical copy of it. with physical it will last till it gets damaged or you cant get a console to play it anymore in years to come.

  3. Lachlan Wood on April 9, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I don’t have an xbox and don’t buy anything from the win10 store… so this doesn’t concern me but I think they shouldn’t even waste their time with returns. Unless like you said, they do the Steam style.

  4. Jim Cullen on April 9, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I would love it if Steam offered something similar. 10% of the purchase price is a pretty good deal for games that you just never plan on playing again.
    But it definitely wouldn’t change my purchasing patterns.

  5. Daniel Powley on April 9, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Both PS & XB need to get their act together on the downloads front & take a note from Steam (never thought I’d say that) be nice to see a refunds system like steam has. As for the trade old digital games in, i think it’s a fantastic idea & can’t understand why it doesn’t exist already. I buy all my games digitally for my PS4 & there are ones that I no longer play so exchanging them for some credit towards other games would be great, i would expect at least 20% though?

  6. Kim Mortensen on April 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Origin have a good refund system as well.
    Bought an old game that didn’t work on my system, and i was refunded with in minutes by saying it don’t work.

  7. Eternal Saber Gaming on April 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Full cash refund within 7 days.

  8. mindstormmaster on April 9, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Since I only ever download games I’m already sure I want, and will play repeatedly, and I buy physical copies of the rest, this option doesn’t really concern me.

  9. browland1 on April 9, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    The ability to trade games is what keeps me buying physical copies, since games are now $80 in Canada and trading makes gaming affordable for me. Having said that, I have a few digital games that I will never go back to, so the ability to get some store credit for them is an attractive proposition. It could mean a few bucks off a game I’ve been wanting, so I don’t see a problem. Like backwards compatibility, it may not be a system seller for some people, but it would be a potential value-add for others.

  10. Eduard Kirchner on April 9, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    i dont understand the angry people here saying "10% is pathetic blah..blah". This will be a good thing for everybody!

  11. VictoryHand on April 9, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I will never not purchase physical games.

  12. MozyMike on April 9, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Some kind of refund system is a must for Xbox, but that doesn’t mean the option to sell back the digital game can’t also be a thing.

  13. The Renegade Gamer on April 9, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    i really hope they do this

  14. Malice Flare on April 9, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    well, if you’ve earned the achievements using that copy of the game’s CD-KEY, i guess that would qualify as "used…" hrm…

  15. Paxton Keskitalo on April 9, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    25% for it

  16. Christopher Newnham on April 9, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    It is a great idea but not enough to make me get an Xbone.

  17. AMA on April 9, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    You know Microsoft has lost hope for their Xbone when they want to merge Online Services with PlayStation…. x’D

  18. Spookyiff on April 9, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I’d love to get a refund on the last star wars battlefront game I got… barely played it an hour an it was crap.

  19. CubedMelons on April 9, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    $6? Sheesh, you could get more than that from Gamestop.

  20. SuperVegitoFAN on April 9, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Its a hell of a lot better than nothing.

    And i am not in the market of buying the same game twice, this would certainly help prevent that.

  21. Kevin Kennedy on April 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Why not just lower the initial cost of the downloaded game by 10% in the first place? Not like they have the same overhead costs in production and distribution as their physical counterparts.

  22. Tahlia Kentwell on April 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I will probably never get an xBox because I simply don’t care for the console and all the games that I want are playable on PC, Nintendo consoles or PlayStation … But I don’t mind the idea, I agree that Steam has a better system however still better then nothing, and to be fair the trade ins at EBGames aren’t exactly the most generous things in the world.
    But it probably wouldn’t apply to me as much as I like buying physical copies of games where I can, there is a certain collectibility in my mind in collecting games… The same reason I still collect CDs and DVDs and Books, there is just something appealing to me about that.

  23. Onion on April 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I think anything is better than nothing, at all but 10% is a pitiful amount, especially considering you can sell a physical copy on Ebay and get most of your money back if you don’t take too long to sell it, so it certainly wouldn’t encourage me to buy digital console games. It would need to be closer to 30%, perhaps of the current price, rather than the price you paid for it, to stop you selling games years later, and buying them back at a profit. But I think something higher would also likely encourage me to buy more new releases, since I could get quite a bit of money off using the last disappointment. But then again, I’m probably not the target audience for this considering I don’t even own a current gen console, and until they get some decent exclusives have no plans to.

  24. Albert Meadows on April 9, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    10%? What a joke. I could go on g2a or like sites and sell the account with game on it for much more than that.

  25. branberrycakes on April 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Microsoft ripping people off again. Seriously, how about they start fixing those god awful digital prices.

  26. Faolan Hart {Animal Above The Man} on April 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    10% Nope. I’d rather keep a game I have very little chance of playing than get almost nothing back in return for "trading it in".
    I mean there is no other reason for the low return value than greed. Can’t physically damage a downloaded game.
    It is basically the same as the first day I purchased it, give or take a few patches.
    Honestly this kind of thing is why I have zero desire to own an XboxONE despite really wanting to play Killer Instinct.

  27. UnstablePlatform on April 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    i think they should do a trading system. E.G. I buy halo 5 and i don’t like it. Then i can go on to the store or some wear and put in a request to trade it for some other game. Then people can say they want to trade something for Halo 5. Then you can choose to accept it. This could act like the steam market for buying items but evolved.

  28. Maximilian Kohler on April 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I prefere analog Downloads 😂

  29. jonowee on April 9, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Does XBox have Family Sharing like Steam, opening up my Steam library to others to my good and bad digital collection is better value than straight up losing 90% value and not having access to that product.

    Physical games have lost all appeal to me since I don’t care about collectable nick nacks, and digital store front simply is cheaper and more convienent than what physical disc have become. No point to physical because optical disc is just too slow, I might reconsider physical releases if it came of USB 3.0 sticks, but than again modern game releases are released broken with day one patches as big or bigger than the disc copy.

  30. Mars rover on April 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Poetic commentary

  31. A Rapskilian Channel on April 9, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    well no other service would even offer this. think about it please, its a digital version. So there is no resale value.

  32. T3CHN01200 on April 9, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Better than nothing, but I would like that credit returned to me and not store credit.

  33. North American YouTuber on April 9, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    It should be 20% at least.

  34. Jakob Hansen on April 9, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Honestly, I get that they aren’t giving more of a discount. Microsoft aren’t gaining anything by giving you this discount and as bad as the xbone is doing I can understand.

  35. Arnav Behari on April 9, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    I don’t even buy digital.

  36. Aeladya on April 9, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    If they were to do this, 10% is a crap offer. I think they should offer more or less depending on factors such as how long the game has been out, how popular is it, etc.

  37. Audam on April 9, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Origins refund is WAY above Steams. You get 24 hours from the moment you first boot the game to refund it no questions asked. AND the refund will not be added as credits for your account but will go back to the thing you used to purchase. It pains me to praise EA but they are doing that so very right.

  38. Andrew King on April 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Lol what is going on in these comments? Why is everyone crying about 10% not being enough? You realise they don’t owe you anything right? Everyone here seems to have some sense of entitlement and some kind of misguided notion that selling your copy back to them benefits them in any way other than it being a point of marketing. If 6 bucks isn’t enough then keep the game lol

  39. Difeas on April 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    If it was 90% and trading games on xbox live became a thing i think many people would enjoy it.

  40. Tom Rooks on April 9, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    The thing is, they need to lower the cost of a downloadable title, is cheaper to buy it at wall-mart or any other store except for gamestop, in sweden we have stores that offers games for mostly 45 – 50 bucks and thats just first week then they lower that price. i will never buy in-store markets fully priced games (not including indie titles) on psn /xbox store. indies i have no problem cause they are made only for those purchase.

  41. John Houston on April 9, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    50%… But as that seems a bit more than 10% then the catch to the 50% would be only off the current online askimg price. Say I got the game for £60 then I would get £30 obviously BUT if I got the game for £60 then after a while the price dropped to say £40 then I would only get back the 50% of that. seems fair.

  42. kekchan biggest fan on April 9, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    I would like to be able to trade it in for another game in the store as long as they cost approximately the same. I guess you’d only be able to do it once per title so the 10% offer would be nice if I wanted to trade in the new one too

  43. Matthew Short on April 9, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    2 hour test period or 35% purchase price

  44. Tom Grieve on April 9, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I don’t think this is a bad idea having a 10% of purchase price buy back. looking back at the most expensive reselling game from 2011 on ebay (5 years ago) its about $15aud. I believe that a 10% buy back would be fair. however they need to add that if you ever want to buy that game again. you can buy it for your trade in cost again, say you change your mind 6 months later. Example, you buy GTA 5 for $100 on release, 1 year later you sell it back for $10 credit, and then if you wanted to buy it again it is $10.

  45. MedicalAttention on April 9, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I can understand if you were to sell your console and wanted to factory wipe it, but store credit? What’s the point for that little money.

  46. Doe John on April 9, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    The thing is, that 10% is pathetic, and its not even 6 dollars. Cause when you want to "sell" it back, the price will drop down like hell. So i think 50% is more generous, it will be around 10-15 dollars usually i think…

  47. Sondrex76 on April 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    I prefer steams approach.

  48. trewerd on April 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Why I do like the idea of being able to trade in your downloaded games for store credit, 10% is a tad too little (but hey, at least it’s something). Not that it makes much of a difference to me, as I always prefer physical copies of my games meaning I likely won’t be swayed into buying purely digital anytime soon.

  49. Shauny darko78 on April 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    if this kinda deal ever hits steam I would happily sell my copy of arkham knight and use the 6 dollars to buy an indie game like undertale.

  50. Joolz1982 on April 9, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Yes would be nice to have the option to get credit back if I could.

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