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EA Labels president Frank Gibeau discussed the company's used games strategy for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during an E3 analyst call earlier today.
Gibeau confirmed that EA is currently coming up with their strategy in the wake of Microsoft and Sony conferences that raised further discussion in the used games debate. While Microsoft appears to be leaving the choice of used game restrictions or fees up to individual publishers, it is still unclear what the Xbox One will or will not allow in terms of pre-owned titles.
Gibeau says that the decision that EA comes to will ultimately benefit "gamers first." With Sony's confirmation Monday that there will be no DRM restriction for the PlayStation 4, it would seem that the positive public response could have EA leaning toward less restrictions on used games rather than imposing fees or online passes for multiplayer.
Keep in mind, this information arrives shortly after EA's recent decision to nix online passes and the publisher's Sim City controversy. But the ultimate question EA will face if there are fees to play used games will likely be: "How will this benefit gamers?"
What do you think the publisher has planned for used games in the next console generation? Stay tuned for more information, and let us know in the comments.
[Source EA via GameSpot]
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EA is going to lock certain features of single player so that takes care of the used game fees.
The "X-BONE" tried to go the Final Cut Pro X, Windows 8 route. Try to "make everyone happy," by including all access, levels of experience, etc. It didn't work well at all for them. Apple learned and went back to their base users needs. Microsoft didn't. How many people have bought a Surface?? EA puts out an excellent product. But I in no way or form will ever worship them.
You think EA is aware they were voted Worst Company in America 2 years in a row? Because they might /actually/ be trying to fix that.
That scares me- EA saying 'benefit'.
you know EA. after removing DRM, they went to microtransactions.
Still amazed that Sony had some balls and stood up for what is right. Now with every publisher seeing everyone's reaction to Sony's announcement, they may be thinking twice before trying to push their greed down our throats. Let's see what ol' EA decides to do.....I know they probably want to be on the gamers side for fear of a slacking. Freedom for all.
I'm sure they intend to spin it as "we charge a fee that goes to more content so the gamers benefit from more content" - just watch.
I thought they were swinging away from it since they were removing online passes as a new generation of feeless multiplayer.
EA is going to charge fees for used games.EA partnership with Microsoft force Microsoft hand about leaving it up to the developers.
It was brilliant for Sony to take the hands off approach and just let developers take charge with how they handle their games, but with money hunger companies like EA, I'm worried. Though I still may be getting off my joy-filled Battlefront and Mirror's Edge high from their conference, I'll forever be wary of their consumer pr. I expect the worst I guess in terms of fees, but maybe next-gen will turn over a new pr leaf for 'em.
I hope EA makes the right decision
EA will charge gamers a "small fee" and then be like "see, other developers block used games completely and we just charge a 'small fee'... See, we love gamers and want to help them out."
....give me a break. Gamers shouldn't put up with this type of greed and disrespect. When will people learn that the best way to make change happen is to go after their wallets, aka sales.
Traditionally, when a reputable publication is writing about a subject that impacts their parent company, that connection is mentioned.
I bet it will be something like this:
EA: You dont have to pay any extra fees!
Customer: REALLY! With no extra fee?
EA: Well there is a small fee of giving your soul to Satan ofcourse... What were you thinking? We are *** EA!!!
Hey I'm gonna hate EA cuz the others must be right. Even though EA does the same things as every other pu publisher except trying to hide it. Lame.