American Sony Boss is Anti-Anti-Used Tech, Says Pachter
On GameTrailers’ Bonus Round show, industry analyst Michael Pachter revealed that Sony America’s CEO Jack Tretton isn’t a fan of technology that would block used games from running on consoles. It’s been rumored for months that Microsoft and Sony’s next-generation of consoles will somehow stop gamers from enjoying used games on consoles, a move that Tretton isn’t down with.
When asked about when we might hear about the two companies’ next systems, since Sony and Microsoft have said that neither will show off new consoles at June’s E3, Pachter said that Sony will make their reveal in 2013, possibly at GDC. Then he began to talk about the system itself, confronting the persistent anti-used games tech rumors:
“I think it will play used games. I think that’s the dumbest rumor I’ve ever heard. Actually, I have to say, in my NDA meeting with Sony, when we talked about the E3 announcements, I did ask Jack Tretton point blank, what is your view, your personal view, on the next-generation console from Sony limiting used games or not, and he said that, for the record, ‘I’m totally opposed to blocking used games. I think it’s great for the consumer that they can buy those. We have a customer that buys our consoles late in the cycle, pays less, is looking for value priced games. And I think it would be anti-consumer for us to do that.’ And then he said, ‘I don’t know maybe Japan will think something different, but that’s my feeling.’”
Pachter’s not always right about everything, but he’s got a pretty good idea of what’s going on in the industry as a whole. If nothing else, this statement, as well as gamers’ widespread revulsion at the anti-used-tech idea, may be enough to put this rumor to bed. Guess we won’t know for about a year though…
Via Bonus Round