Games on Demand, Priced $20-$30

One of the new features of the latest update to Xbox LIVE and the Dashboard is the Games on Demand service.  Just think of it as Xbox Originals but with new Xbox 360 titles.  There aren’t any new releases but there are some stellar titles that will be available next week when the update hits the world on August 11.

Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, Oblivion, BioShock, Need for Speed Carbon and a host of other titles will be digitally provided to you.  The stinker in all of this is the price.  Microsoft has stated that titles will run between 1600-2400 Microsoft Points / $20-$30 dollars.  A lot of these older titles can be purchased for change at your local GameStop or eBay dealer. 


Cheaper at retail plus the fact that it’s a digital download isn’t making it very attractive.  I can’t trade it in or let a friend borrow it and depending upon my digital rights situation, I won’t be able to play it in some cases.  The hope here is that it does better than the Xbox Originals but with these prices, I can’t see much hope.

One thing to note is that you can download your game manuals from if you so choose but really, who does that?  And I haven’t even mentioned the hard drive situation and how much space this will eat up.  Microsoft says these games will be anywhere from a 4GB-6GB install so that’s around 10 games if you have a 60GB hard drive and 20 if you have a 120GB hard drive.

Realistically though you’re not even going to get the math benefit here because of all the other things you likely have on your hard drive already.  So realistically you’re probably looking at 4 0r 5 games with a 60GB and about 12 if you have a 120GB.  Can someone say more hard drive options incoming?  I fear the price of that.

What say you?

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  1. I have to also agree with pretty much all of you. The prices are too high since all these games can be found for a lot cheaper as used.
    In addition, I tend to collect games & I love having hard copies of everything.

  2. Before I rip into my good buddy Willy Gates’ ass, I need clarification. Does MS set those prices for the third party games?

    A lot of big companies have contractual agreements with large retailers like WalMart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop etc. that establishes a minimum ad price for competing platforms. In other words WalMart makes a deal with Activision agreeing to buy and sell their games. Part of that contract basically establishes a guarantee that another outlet wont come in and undercut the price. Does that make any sense?

    Huge corporations like Wally World hold tremendous influential power because they buy the most stuff.

  3. makes perfect sense UR BUS and i’m not sure about it but yeah…it makes perfect sense. even with that, the prices are still unattractive at least for me. i can see these retail giants playing a part in this and if so, then why even introduce this? i guess perhaps because big companies realize the lack of intelligence and those impulse buy moments that millions of gamers have. :(

  4. No Deac, it does not make perfect sense… UR BUS is wrong & completely making up a retarded excuse for Microsoft’s ignorance for introducing such a ridiculous program. One of the main points of introducing digital distribution is to cut out the middle man (Stores) so that Microsoft saves on extra costs, & gives people extra savings on cheaper games. To think stores have any say in what Microsoft does with their product is clueless at best… Being apart of retail myself, I know that Microsoft allows certain gamers to be able to be apart of the Microsoft retail program, to influence gamers to talk highly about Microsoft to only push their products with a certain bias. Now, if Microsoft can sell 360 games (Even 3rd party) at a much reduced price to influence retail individuals to support their product, they sure in Hell can list whatever downloadable content they have at a respectable price. Microsoft is just being completely clueless/arrogant/ & greedy… Only a pure FOOL would support this 360 games on demand crap from Microsoft!

  5. odd…well now that makes sense too Mike lol. i wouldn’t doubt either one really. bottom line for me is i won’t be partaking in games on demand. seems reasonable though that they may not want to step on toes with prices but then, you’re right in that it’s Microsoft…they’ve stepped on toes before lol.

  6. These games can be bought cheaper at gamestop.
    Like BioShock is $30 at GameStop its $20 same with Assassins Creed

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