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Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen recently talked about his company's plans for the next-generation of systems, including topics such as used games and some of their features.
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Jorgensen seemed to indicate that EA was better prepared for the transition into the next generation than perhaps in previous cycles. He cited the fact that EA's portfolio of games will be pared down – consisting of 10 to 15 games that will be spread out over a period of time, and that games that utilize the Frostbite engine will be not as expensive to translate.
As for the systems themselves, Jorgensen didn't speak in specifics, but did say he expects them to be not as expensive, not feature backwards compatibility, and be always-on and able to connect with your phone/tablet, etc.
Speaking on used games, Jorgensen admitted the topic was a "double-edged sword" for companies like EA that would like to have everyone buy their games new at full price. However, he admitted that EA benefits from traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores and that consumers spend the money they get from trading in games on new titles.
For more on Jorgensen's comments, head over to Gamasutra.
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