Pachter: Rumored PlayStation Orbis might not be backed by Gamestop

  • Posted March 29th, 2012 at 02:44 EDT by Don Oliveira

Michael Pachter, a well-known analyst for Wedbush Morgan Securities, has expressed his views for the recently rumored PlayStation Orbis – what some are saying might be Sony’s next console.

In regards to the rumor that Sony would pretty much nullify used game sales for their next console (by forcing users to register their physical media to a server), he speculates that the Japanese hardware giant would not actually move forward with such plans.

“"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,” said Pachter to

“If Sony unilaterally did this, I could see GameStop refusing to carry their console, and sales of the PS4 would therefore suffer," he added.

Pachter then went on to stress that this decision would be a mistake on Sony’s part if they were to indeed move forward with this strategy independent of Microsoft and Nintendo.

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

So what do you think? Are the rumors of Sony and Microsoft abandoning the used game market true? We wonder if Sony would risk being shunned by Gamestop to move forward with this vision.



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