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Submitted by gamerlive 1009d ago | opinion piece

Neither Sony PlayStation 4 Nor New Microsoft Xbox Console Will Block Used Games

Forbes - According to video game analyst Michael Pachter from Wedbush Securities, neither of the next generation consoles that are launching this fall will block used game sales. Both Sony’s PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox from Microsoft will offer disc-based and downloadable game content, but neither console will follow through with the controversial DRM issues that have enraged passionate gamers with the recent PC game launches of Electronic Arts’ SimCity and (to a lesser extent) Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo 3.

“I don’t think Microsoft has the balls to block used games, and I want you to quote me on that,” said Pachter. “Microsoft would alienate 30 percent of their audience by doing that and Sony would step in and exploit that by saying, ‘We’re not blocking used games.’” (Kinect, Michael Pachter, PS4, Xbox One)

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jagiii  +   1009d ago
If Xbox Next can sell for $100 that could give Microsoft a huge advantage quickly.
PirateThom  +   1009d ago
Yeah, but if Sony could sell the PS4 for $50, they'll definitely sell more.
minimur12  +   1009d ago
yeah but if Nintendo sell the Wii U for $25.... it'll get more sales than anyone else.

actually, no it wont.
pixelsword  +   1009d ago
No, it won't.
MikeMyers  +   1009d ago
Yeah but if Gabe Newell gave us each a Steambox and a double cheeseburger they would sell the most.

I can't wait until we get all the info then maybe we can actually talk about the games and the systems instead of all these rumors.
Tultras  +   1009d ago
Minimur12 That shits not worth 25$, make it 5.
GalacticEmpire  +   1009d ago
They should just give them away, the sales would be infinite, maybe on Oprah or something?
ohcatrina  +   1009d ago

... that only plays Oprah online, the new MMO from O Network!"
PirateThom  +   1009d ago
Meh, I'm in the beta for Oprah Online. Major balancing issues and the give aways are at complete random, so it's often hard to build up cash to improve the set and guests.
Knight_Crawler  +   1009d ago
This is OT but does anyone know if the below news will effect my steam game purchases?

BREAKING NEWS: The Senate approved an Internet sales tax proposal, moving the legislation a step closer to law and paving the way for shoppers to pay sales tax on the majority of online purchases.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1009d ago
"Pachter believes the new Kinect voice and camera recognition, coupled with Bing search and Skype, opens up a lot of possibilities of interacting with the console in new ways. He offered an example of enabling a Twitch channel via the Kinect camera to live blog from your living room."

Now that is what I wanna see Kinect be used for. Sure MS can use it for casual gaming but they need to leave Kinect out of hardcore gaming. Or make it optional like "better with Kinect" like this gen.

I'd rather see Kinect used ultimately as MS's alternative interface for interactivity. Rather than gaming at all. Or put Kinect in the back seat when it comes to gaming. Example:

Say for instance MS announces and hypes its full AAA core game line up.

MS majorly hypes Black tusks new game, Rares new game, Remedy's new game, Lucid games, Lion head etc etc.

"But we also have."

pixars Kinect, Kinect Sports, dance Central, Kinectamals etc.

The Kinect stuff should be lightly hyped and a clear focus that those games are secondary. And not hyped like they were in MS recent E3's.

In terms of blocking used games. Both Sony nor MS will do it.

Like I said before, MS and Sony are convincing the consumer to buy their product, not corporations.
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ohcatrina  +   1009d ago
Aaaah, nextgen consoles. Making everyone's feelings all slushy and daunting. Good news!
Rainstorm81  +   1009d ago
Good....Blocking used games is a completely stupid idea anyway
Fergusonxplainsall  +   1009d ago
Gamestop is prepared to raise used price of a used "new"game to $57.99

creHEARTive  +   1009d ago
blocking used game would be stupid.
Jek_Porkins  +   1009d ago
It'd be a both or none sort of deal in my opinion. One company wont make that leap without the other, and since Nintendo doesn't block them, it'd be suicide for one of the others to do so.
oof46  +   1009d ago
Hmmm...14 comments and not one, "Pachter is an idiot" comment.

On topic, for something like blocking used games to work, all the console makers would have to get together in cohesion and agree to it.
HammadTheBeast  +   1009d ago
Patcher is an idiot.
C-Thunder  +   1009d ago
Pachter is an idiot....but he's likely right. And I'd imagine they've scrambled to remove the always online requirement, if it was there to begin with.
maniacmayhem  +   1009d ago
“The number of titles and dollar sales of first-party Microsoft and Sony developed and published games were in single digit sales for PS3 and Xbox 360,”

Very interesting....
dcbronco  +   1008d ago
There is still the chance that some games will be blocked. CoD would consider the millions of copies sold used and their ability to add value over the year to make people keep the game. If the cost of DLC to them is outweighed by the additional sales because used games are blocked, they might block used copies of CoD. Since a huge part of CoD's audience is more causal in the "only major titles" sense, their customers are less likely to sell anyway. The number of people turned off by the block would most likely be offset by the casual gamers that must have it.
gigoran  +   1007d ago
It's so funny. You see this title plus the fact that it comes from a reputable source, and you're thinking "wow finally some proof". Oh... just another person and their personal opinion with no proof to back it up! I guess he must be a xbox man.

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