Sony Throws GameStop a Bone -- but Will It Be Enough?

GameStop (NYSE: GME  ) appears initially to have caught a break with Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) .

Unlike Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) restrictive Xbox One, where publishers will have more say in the way that their games are or are not able to be transferred between players, Sony made it a point on Monday night to emphasize that PS4 buyers will be able to trade in, sell, or lend their disc-based games.

It may not be enough, as longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz points out in this video.

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  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 3:39 PM, JaredM80 wrote:

    Mobile gaming is just a side option for lack of a better term for those who own phones it'll never be the sole reason someone buys a phone, even a tablet for that matter and if it did there would be more options than console and they say the 3 main consoles is already too crowded to include more console choices. and if 3 is "too crowded" compared to the many phones and tablets available then wouldn't it be safe to say that the mobile gaming devices would be beyond crowded and would get to the point to where "people would die b/c they are too crowded? the last parts was just an analogy.

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 3:40 PM, JaredM80 wrote:

    the last part was a metaphor is what i meant to say.

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 4:34 PM, BurningDoom wrote:

    Anyone who says "Gaming is all about mobile these days", has no freaking clue what they're talking about when it comes to gaming.

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 5:15 PM, Mattenth wrote:

    Lots of misinformation mixed with good information in here. I personally heavily agree that GameStop is in HUGE trouble, but that's just me.

    GOOD/CORRECT:

    - Digital Distribution is going to be a huge problem for GameStop. As the video calls out, the previous limiting factor was hard drive space. Most PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles have less than 20gb of hard drive space. With that jumping up to 500gb, consoles will change.

    - Publishers are going to try to use DRM in any way they can. Sony's policies might work for the first wave of games at the console's release, but it's likely not a long term strategy.

    - The PS4 stuff may win a large chunk of market share, but they're not going to "win the entire war" - it's likely both the PS4 and Xbox One will be successful (or not) together.

    BAD/NOT 100% CORRECT:

    - The Wii's market isn't "smaller" - The wii dominated the last console generation, with 99.84 million (compared to 70 million PS3s and 75 million Xbox 360s).

    - The PS3 isn't a "forgotten console" - They both have between 70 and 75 million consoles. In the US, all sales data points to almost identical sales.

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 8:26 PM, RiddleofSteel wrote:

    Stop the MADNESS Motley fool!!! You guys have jumped on this nonsensical bandwagon with the rest of the analysts. Forbes, Yahoo, CNN, and now you have been trying to make this dream a reality, and it just highlights the fact how misinformed you are.

    Console gaming may look a little different down the road, but it's not going to be replaced by mobile gaming or smart phones. People who play console games, are never going to migrate into the mobile gaming universe permanently. Console gaming is for when I really want to get serious about gaming. Mobile gaming is for when I'm killing time at the Dr.'s office or at the DMV.

    I'm still amazed you guys keep publishing this trash, because you always get hammered in the comments section, with all of the gaming community laughing at you.

    I normally like the articles the Motely Fool publishes, but you really need to hire someone who understands the gaming industry and not just some dude looking at numbers, because you are not going to see the future just in there.

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 11:59 PM, tkeracer619 wrote:

    The only reason the xbox 360 sold so many is because the ring of death caused people to buy multiples. I'm on my 3rd one.

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