Matt Hodges has responded to a rumor that the Xbox 720 will have an anti-used games technology. According to a report by Bloomberg on Feb. 6, the GameStop spokesperson believed that console sales for the PS4 and Xbox 720 will both suffer as the demand will be “significantly diminished” due to not having the ability to play second-hand titles. You can check out some fan made concept design images of the two next-generation systems in the slideshow at the top of this article and the comments from Matt Hodges below (courtesy of Bloomberg):
We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability or not play new physical games.
The Xbox 720 was recently reported to having an anti-used games mechanism by requiring a constant online connection in order for the system to function. The PS4 could also include a similar feature as Sony recently filed a patent on a technology that prevents their system from playing second-hand titles.
Sony and Microsoft are expected to release the PS4 and Xbox 720 by the end of 2013 in North America.