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The next-gen console rumors are running fast and thick, and one in particular has gamers talking: Will they support used games or not? Michael Pachter, industry analyst and managing director at Wedbush Securities, has some choice words on the subject.
When asked about rumors that the next Xbox system would not include a disc drive and not support used games, Pachter says those rumors are "so stupid as to be laughable."
Pachter thinks that both rumors make no sense because it's a divisive issue that could only give an advantage to the competition. If your console doesn't support used games, the other systems would gain ground simply by including the feature.
"Unless you believe in collusion – unless you believe that all the console manufacturers are going to get together and scheme to screw the consumer, and at least in the U.S. we have laws against that, so probably none of them would do that – then if one of them did that unilaterally (any one of those things), the others would say, "Hey wait a minute, we have a disc drive. Ours will play used games. Buy ours instead of there's.'
"[It's] not happening. Not even a prayer of that."
Pachter also thinks that the sheer number of gamers who deal in the used games market – or would at least appreciate the right to do so – is too large to freeze out.
"No used games: Stupid."
For more on what Pachter and others in the industry think about some of the next-gen console rumors, be sure to check out the latest issue of Game Informer Magazine (#229). It's out now for Digital subscribers, is rolling out to magazine subscribers, and will be on newsstands shortly.
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I said the same thing. Just does not make sense.
Well, rumors should be taken as that: rumors. They are nothing more, and we can't trust some second-hand word of mouth. The ideas always seemed irrational, and it's reassuring, even if said by Pachter, that these are definitely not true.
I also heard has a blu-ray drive so it has a blu-ray disc drive and it doesn't have one? Do I just place it on top?
Exactly what I've been saying since the beginning. But here on the internet, rumors turn into sensationalism, which eventually turns into people actually considering it a fact.
Bad idea for the future. Imagine going back to the past to play the PS4 or Xbox 720 years from now. If it can't play used games then you won't be able to play them.
"Buy ours instead of there's"... i'm no grammar nazi, but still
I like how it says at the end gameinformer is owned by gamestop. If gamestop couldn't sell used games anymore then it would take a huge hit to its finances. Might even go out of buisness..
i dont trust analysts but this dude has been right on many things and on this one i think and feel he is spot on...
Thank goodness for a good decision for the players for once
I agree with Pachter. Any company who chooses to implement this feature in their system may as well be shooting themselves in the foot.
Thank God someone from the industry has put down some annoying and stupid rumors.
I don't listen to Pachter, but I don't expect it to happen either. I think it's at least a generation too early.
You know it's going to happen... probably Microsoft will enjoy the idea of going completely digital. They'll screw some people and anger a lot of others but people will get on board anyway out of lack of choice. This will happen because everyone but Nintendo gets on board with the idea of having full control of data and the money that brings in.
This guy owns...no dilly dally, straight to the point.
"Buy ours instead of there's." Should be "theirs" instead.
Also I agree with this guy. I want to be able to play Skyrim on my next console, **BRAAAHHHH**.
... okay so we finally received confirmation on this. I didn't believe this would actually happen.