We've been talking a lot about the next-gen of consoles lately; Each day brings us closer to the next generation. But both the rumored Xbox 720 and the rumored PlayStation 4 (or "Orbis), are said to be shipping with some sort of built in prevention of playing used games. Longtime industry analyst Michael Pachter says "not so fast" about the next PlayStation blocking pre-owned games.
According to Pachter, “It isn’t really in Sony’s or Microsoft’s best interests to block used games."
“It would benefit Activision and EA slightly, and would hurt GameStop a great deal. If Sony unilaterally did this, I could see GameStop refusing to carry their console, and sales of the PS4 would therefore suffer.”
Pachter doubts that any of the "Big Three" console makers “are stupid enough to do this unilaterally” or “evil enough to do it together." I say that underestimating the evil of big businesses is a perilous mistake!
Seriously, though, I think Pachter makes a very good point about what a mistake it would be to not let people play used games. I think the current trend -- force used gamers to pay extra for online portions of games -- seems to be working out pretty well for everyone in the game business. As for consumers: It's annoying, but livable.
While the rumored PS4 will not make an appearance at E3 2012, Sony will still having big things to show off.