Blocking used games isn’t in Sony’s best interests

3:20 pm - 03/29/2012
Following rumors that Sony’s next console will block used games, industry analyst Michael Pachter has warned this could have dire repercussions for the platform.

The Wedbush Morgan analyst told GamesIndustry there are several reasons to doubt that Sony would make such a decision.

“It isn’t really in Sony’s or Microsoft’s best interests to block used games,” he said.

“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 also noted that Microsoft and Nintendo would have to be onboard the scheme too.

“If one does it and the others don’t, the one who does it will see a loss of market share,” he said.

In typically entertaining Pachter style, he expressed his doubts that any of the three companies “are stupid enough to do this unilaterally” or “evil enough to do it together”.

Other analysts echoed Pachter’s sentiments that the used game market is under threat just yet.

Kotaku broke a rumour today that the next PlayStation is in development under the name Orbis.

slaneyder 29th-Mar-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Gamestop sells more dlc than Sony or Microsoft do. On their own networks. And it's not by a small percentage, either, it's sizable. You're not going to see the developers of hardware cut out used games altogether, I don't think. I agree with thus analyst.
gringotts 29th-Mar-2012 10:10 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure about worldwide but here in Australia, Gamestop/EB Games didn't stock the PSP Go for similar reasons, namely it went against their policies as customers couldn't return games because it was all downloads. I can honestly see them refusing to stock these consoles.
silverdragon729 29th-Mar-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
On reason they probably won't do it is that the ability to rent games, and therefore try them out, probably helps their sales, too. From an early age, my dad always made me rent a game at least twice before I bought it, and I continue to do that (for the most part) today.

It's saved me from some really shitty games but there are many more games that I might not have bought based on their boxes or what I've heard, until I actually played it myself. All of the Tales games come to mind. The first one I bought was Tales of Symphonia and that purchase would never have been made without renting it first.
voyevoda 29th-Mar-2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Where does one rent games nowadays, out of curiosity? All the movie stores in my area are slowly but surely biting the dust.
silverdragon729 29th-Mar-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
There are a few mom & pop stores around me. I've used before and I think Blockbuster online still rents games.

Also, it turns out that I have several Blockbusters in my area. Not that I'll rent from them, but it's apparently an option lol

Edited at 2012-03-29 11:22 pm (UTC)
voyevoda 29th-Mar-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
That was the biggest store in my area, but they've all shut down one after the other. :C
silverdragon729 29th-Mar-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
If you're interested in renting, I really suggest Gamefly. I think it's a great system and their prices are really fair. They took the best part of Blockbuster and made it better, in my opinion.
emeraldus 29th-Mar-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
Gamefly does game rentals and offers you the option to buy it if you want, at a cheaper price than you'd get from Gamestop. Plus the longer you stay on the service the more discounts you get off games.

Redbox also offers games but a very limited selection.
lunelight 29th-Mar-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Redbox is convenient as long as you're looking for an AAA game and don't want to keep it more than a night or two (I drove 45 min to a friend's a while ago for a Skyrim Sunday, took the PS3 but not the game, and was able to grab it from a Redbox for a few hours, it was really awesome).
ariseishirou 30th-Mar-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Renting is a great idea for games you're not sure about. I've bought quite a few games I really wish I'd rented instead, and rented a few games I've later purchased.

This'll pretty well bring an end to game rentals too, won't it.
silverdragon729 30th-Mar-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, they'd pretty much destroy things like gamefly over night. And there have been plenty of times where I've bought a game used so I could play it while I waited for it to come out in a better format, like God of War. I bought it used so I could play through and decide if I wanted the other two. I bought the third one new, and then I bought the God of War: Origins on the PS3 when it came out.

Also, I've purchased Tales of The Abyss, Tales of Legendia, Tales of Phantasia, Tales of Symphonia 2 and Tales of Vesperia all based on how much I liked Tales of Symphonia, which I rented before purchasing. And I bought all of them new.

I mean, i know that it might not be the norm for everyone but I'm sure there are enough of us that rent and then buy to make it worth their while.
firemelon 30th-Mar-2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Back in the SNES & PSX time, I rented a shit ton of games!
silverdragon729 4th-Apr-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
I think Tales of Graces has only come out on the Wii in America. I doubt they'll release the other version on PS3 here, since I don't think they released Vesperia on the PS3.

If you can read/speak Japan, then definitely get Tales of Symphonia. Otherwise, your only option (of the good ones) is Tales of the Abyss, which is really, really good.

Do you have a gamecube or a way to get ahold of one?
lithiumflower 29th-Mar-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
At the very least, they should hold off to see if Microsoft does it first and generates a ton of bad press/pissed off gamers. >.>
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