Tretton "Totally Opposed" To The PS4 Blocking Used Games
The used game war continues, and major industry executives continue to take sides.
While several developers are very much against the idea of pre-owned games, SCEA president Jack Tretton says he's "totally opposed" to a console that blocks used titles.
During a recent Bonus Round episode, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said he asked Tretton "point-blank" if he'd like to see the PlayStation 4 block pre-owned games. Here's Jack's response:
"For the record, I'm totally opposed to blocking used games. I think it is great for the consumer that they can buy those. We have a customer that buys our console late in the cycle, pays less and is looking for value-priced games. I think it would be anti-consumer for us to do that."
He added that Japan might "think something different," but that's his personal view on the issue. The rumor that the next-generation of consoles would block the playing of pre-owned games began a few months back and although it generated plenty of argument and discussion, most analysts (including Pachter) dismissed it as exceedingly unlikely.
5/13/2012 8:51:46 PM Ben Dutka