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Sony America boss against the blocking of used games

14 May 2012

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) boss Jack Tretton has revealed he’s none too keen on the idea of next-gen consoles blocking the ability to play used games.

That’s at least according to Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter, who revealed Tretton’s stance on the blocking of used games in the latest episode of Bonus Round.

It is Tretton’s opinion that second-hand games are “great for consumers” and to remove the ability to play them would be an “anti-consumer” move. Quite how the bigwigs at Sony Japan feel on the subject is another matter altogether, however.

Chatter on the blocking of used games for next-generation consoles has been doing the rounds for a while now, with DICE’s Patrick Bach suggesting such a move could be both ‘a win and a loss.’

Meanwhile, Rasmus Hojengaard, director of creative development at Crytek, said that an anti-games initiative for the next batch of hardware would be “absolutely awesome” from a business perspective. However, he later added that his comment “was not intended to be taken seriously.”

Rumors have suggested that Sony’s next-gen platform, codenamed Orbis, will implement anti-used games measures.

Stay tuned.


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