There’s been a lot of rumors lately about the next generation of consoles potentially blocking the ability to play used, but at least one high-ranking Sony official is against the idea.

On GT.TV’s Bonus Round, industry analyst Michael Pachter recalled a conversation he had recently with Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Jack Tretton, where he asked Tretton specifically about the topic of blocking used games:

“[Tretton] said, ‘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 haver 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’.”

Pachter noted that Tretton clarified that that opinion was one that he personally had, and that exec in the Japanese division of Sony Computer Entertainment might disagree.

Here’s a big question: If the PlayStation 4 allows you to play used games, but the next Xbox blocks used games, would that affect which of the next-generation consoles you plan to purchase?

Source: GamesIndustry


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Eric got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights.