With reports of Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox 720 potentially eliminating the used game market, many gamers are expressing disapproval of this type of implementation. Additionally, many game retailers that deal in the used game market, such as GameStop, will take a major financial hit if the PS4 and Xbox 720 implement this sort of functionality.
Speaking of which, yesterday GameStop released a study that states a whopping 60% of customers said that they would not buy a new console if it implements the function of blocking used games, via VG247. “Consumers want the ability to play pre-owned games, they want portability in their games; they want to play physical games. And to not have those things would be a substantial reason for them not to purchase a new console. I think it was 60% of customers who said they wouldn’t buy a new console [if it blocks used games].”
Speaking on dealing in the market of used games, chief financial officer Rob Lloyd said “it’s really only about 4% of our used game sales that are games released in the last 60 days. Sony has said publicly that they don’t intend to block used games on its next console. Microsoft has refused to or has not commented on the rumours.”
For those interested, you can view a few concept photos of the Xbox 720 and PS4 in the slideshow featured above this article.
Would you opt-out to purchasing the PS4 or Xbox 720 if a function to eliminate the use of used games were implemented?