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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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We'll see, dont pretend to be sony
It'd be hilarious if big publishers just abandoned Microsoft due to their idiocy.
EA and Microsoft are in a real life Trading Places for worst company. EA is trying to make up for their public perception.
I can understand why they want to charge but we already pay enough in everyday life. if they need more money just charge a lil more for the new games cuz someone gonna buy them if u charge more online to play. online gaming will die cuz most gamers don't pay for there own games internet so think of the parents like me
Honestly, PS4 saved my gaming career by keeping the used game industry alive. It is a sin that Microsoft is eliminating the use of used games for their system. If Xbox One did one thing wrong to loose sales, its fair to say getting rid of used games was that one thing.
Okay, why is everybody saying that Microsoft is banning used games? As far as we know so far, they're just leaving that choice up to the developers. I don't see that as a bad move, some publishers can be destroyed by used game sales. What I don't like is the borrowing games restriction, and I have a bad internet for check ins, but it might be worth it for the exclusives. I'll just wait a few years and watch...
"Gibeau says that the decision that EA comes to will ultimately benefit "gamers first."
Sorry Gibeau, can't hear you well above ringing "bullshiiiiiiiiieeeet!" I keep hearing every time EA talks about caring for their gamers.
A five dollar fee, with bonus content that those who buy it new get (mind you it isn't huge content, but possibly $5 worth)
My question is why haven't used game sellers and game companies strike a deal? Where X percent of profits from a used game sale goes to the game seller and Y percent go to the publisher/company?
They plan to use any flowery worded excuses needed to steal as much money as they can then take a dump in the eye of anyone who dares question the mighty EA CEO Demigods.
Huh...should I be excited or nervous?
I think there are pros and cons to it. With my first used EA Online game no body in the Gamestop suggested I purchase an online pass. No body explained or mentioned it at all. Guess thats info I was already expected to know. I never forgot. The bad part is that the purchase of an online pass keeps stupid little kids from being able to get on the servers and *** up our team based game play with their primitive understanding of tactical strategy. Cuz if they cant make it in the world of online play cuz they have no skills, they usually ask their hacker buddies to get them cheats. Which then sits up the game with unfair advantage. Yet again, I'm sure hackers have their codes to get free online passes. Though I believe that would be a form of fraud, would it not?