There has been plenty of debate whether next-generation gaming consoles will have the ability to play used-games or not. Gamers obviously want this feature included in any future console, but it appears that PlayStation fans may have had some specific support from an unlikely source, in reference to the upcoming PS4.
So far it is Microsoft’s next Xbox that has really got everyone talking, as there are continued rumors that the next console won’t be able to play used games. The PS4 rumors on this subject has been muted in comparison, however infamous industry analyst Michael Pachter has revealed that SCEA president Jack Tretton is ‘totally opposed’ to blocking the use of used games.
Pachter states on the latest episode of GT Bonus Round that he specifically asked Tretton for his opinions on playing used-games on next-generation consoles. Aside from being opposed to blocking used games, he also thinks that it’s a great idea that consumers can buy used games and that it would be ‘anti-consumer’ of Sony if they were to take that away in the future.
However, he also mentioned that it would essentially be out of his hands if Sony execs in Japan decided that they wanted to follow through with such an idea. It if does happen though, you can bet that Sony would come in for some considerable heat, likewise for Microsoft too if they introduce a similar idea for their next Xbox.
The online pass system that is currently being used seems to be working to an extent, so we see no reason why this shouldn’t remain for next-generation consoles. If you take away the ability to even play used single-player games, then it will be a sad day indeed for consumers whilst at the same time being a victory for corporate greed. There are ways to combat piracy but blocking used games isn’t the way forward. Give us your thoughts on this as digital distribution threatens to take over the world.