The topic of blocking used games has become a major controversy in recent weeks. An anti used game patent filed by Sony caused GameStop stock to drop 5%, and rumors that the next Xbox will also block used games saw GameStop stock drop 10% on top of the previous plunge. Consumers are not happy with the rumors at all, but video game market analyst Michael Pachter says there’s no reason to be concerned.
In response to the initial rumors, Pachter said “I think it will play used games. That is the dumbest rumor I’ve ever heard.” Perhaps a little more reassuring than just one man’s opinion is the fact that Pachter spoke with Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, at last year’s E3. According to Pacther, Tretton adamantly opposes the idea.
For the record, I’m totally opposed to blocking used games. I think it’s great for the consumer that they can buy those. We have a customer that buys our console late in the cycle, pays less, is looking for value priced games, and I think it would be anti-consumer for us to do that.
Of course, the final decision may not come down to Tretton, as he is only in charge of the American branch of the company, and this statement was made before the game-blocking patent was discovered. Will the PlayStation 4 block used games? Hopefully we will find out at the PlayStation 2013 conference, where Pachter says the PlayStation 4 is 100% certain to be announced.
Source: The Escapist