A report on Bloomberg from last week features comments from GameStop Spokesman Matt Hodges that addresses the persistent rumors of anti-used game tech in next-gen consoles. To absolutely no one’s surprise, GameStop would be very, very unhappy about such a prospect, and cites the prospect of angry gamers as a weapon against such a “feature” coming to pass:
“We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability or not play new physical games.”
Darn tootin’. Still, last week’s rumors caused GameStop’s stock to drop six percent, a sure signal that the rumored addition is bad news for the retailer. There are plenty of reasons, however, why it seems unlikely that Microsoft or Sony will include the anti-used game tech that’s been rumored for months and months now. The Bloomberg piece quotes analyst Michael Olson with Piper Jaffray who isn’t buying it: “we are confident that both the new PlayStation and the new Xbox will support used games.”
At this point, I’m confident of that, too. Until the industry goes straight up digital, cutting out retail locations entirely, I have a hard time believing they’ll mess with used games that bad. But until we hear more, we’re stuck speculating for the next few months. At least we should know something by February 20.