Now, this weekend I just bought 5 used games for my PlayStation 2, so all in all, I can honestly say, if they don’t allow the PS4 to allow used games onto the consoles it would be an anti-consumer move. Not to mention backwards capabilities. I don’t know what his stance is on that but in general, for not having backwards capabilities for the other PS3 was a great anti-consumer move. I want to know more about Jack Tretton’s opinions on that, but more on that later.
Now many companies are against the use of used games on their consoles, I think its because they fear losing money, but banning them would be just as harmful. This is a struggling economy, they must realize that. I think is some ways, Sony Computer Entertainment America President Jack Tretton acknowledges that.
According to Wedbush analyst, Michael Pachter said Tretton had this to say:
“For the record, I’m totally opposed to blocking used games. I think it’s great for consumers that they can buy those… I think it would be anti-consumer of us to do that.”
Tretton was speaking for himself and was in no way presenting his views as those of Sony brass in Japan who may not feel the same way on the subject.
Those who oppose the use of used games are Crysis developer Crytek’s director of creative development Rasmus Hojengaard (though he quickly recanted), Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach, ex-THQ executive Richard Browne, Elite creator David Braben, Volition design director Jameson Durall, and Silicon Knights founder Denis Dyack.
However there were some that that are not against it. Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch said in February that blocking used games is unfair. Witcher developer Adam Badowski, took a populist gamer stance, saying systems that block used games “can be a bad thing.”
Bravo to all those that are for the use of used games. I get it, the gaming companies are suffering but banning the use of used games on the consoles will end up doing more harm than good.