It’s the rumor that just won’t die. In an effort to keep money in the development world and out of Gamestop’s pockets, Microsoft, Sony, or both plan on restricting or blocking used games with the PS4 and the rumored “Durango.” New leaks point toward this all the time. The internet responds with predictable rage.
It’s become a subject of debate here on Forbes, with both Jason Evangelho and Paul Tassi weighing in. Evangelho says that a used games restriction would drive gamers to another platform, but argues that because companies lose money on hardware, those cheap gamers would actually become a financial burden. Tassi is skeptical, mentioning the mint that Microsoft makes off of services as well as how developer support could affect the situation either way.
The rumor, at least for PS4, was because of Patents that Sony requested that would block used games. Who knows if Sony will actually use the patent though. They had a similar one for PS3.
I have to say, I hate the name Durango. Why would Microsoft name it console after a Mexican State or a Dodge. Those are the two things that come to mind when I hear Durango.
This is very logical and cannot believe that some people are letting some rumors that were probably made up by some bored kid in his basement make them think that Sony or MS are crazy enough to do this.
As much as some people want all these rumors to be true, its just not a good move financial wise, specially in this economy where people are trying to budget everything (Apple fanboys not included)and going with everything cheaper.
Next gen will not blocked used games and next gen consoles sales will not be determined on power but how much entertainment each console has to offer at the cheapest price.
no always on required no used game blocked....we already know this....journalist wanna just clicks
I don't think anyone believed they would, certainly if they were thinking that, by now with all the uproar they would have ditched the idea. I actually think we'll see Online Passes for every game next gen to combat used sales, which I'm fine with.
Honestly I think companies like used games, it means their games are selling, new people get the chance to pick them up and might get interested in a series and buy the next game new.
That's why they call these things rumors and speculation.