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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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No fee at all would work just fine. Listen to you fanbase, EA. Or what's left of them, and reap the benefits. Or don't listen and maybe lose out on some sales. Your choice.
Yeah, sure EA cares about gamers.
EA was in a bad place before and made some bad mistakes and learned the hard way the error of their ways they seem to be going in the right direction now but only time will tell
Shepard and Ashley look unamused by EA's horse crap.
I think they're doing that thing where they say something but then do something else.
We do have to remember EA is under new leadership... They may take a turn for the better (I'm not expecting a Valve or Bethesda, but still).
I know this for sure. Whatever the policy for publisher with one system, it will be the same on another. No way will publisher give one system a leg up on another. Most anyways.
All I know is that I want another Mass Effect game!
it's all words until I see some action. nixing online passes was a good first step. now back up your words. EA doesn't have enough credibility imo to give them the benefit of the doubt. I'll believe it when I see it.
No Online pass at all. This gets their games into the hands of more consumers. They make up the difference and then some through microtransactions like in dead space 3. im ok with that.
We gamers will say: WE HAVE A VOICE AND WE BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULDNT BE CHARGE FOR USED GAME. WE DONT HAVE THE SAME MONEY AS YOU GUYS DO. SO EA IF YOU TRULY LISTEN TO US THIS ONE IS A MUST LISTEN AND FOLLOW IT IF YOU WANT US TO BUY YOUR PRODUCTS
I saw the thumbnail of Shepard and immediately clicked on this link cause I thought the story was Mass Effect related :(
Does EA ever stay out of the spotlight? I swear they're always talking about something that will make gamers mad, ten they say how good it is, then they go back and announce and do something else. Seriously, EA!
I'd like to think that EA is trying to improve their image and that they realized that not imposing and used game fees and removing online passes is the first step to doing so.
Theyll probably introduce fees and DRM. People will buy their games regardless and those that take a stand and dont, will hardly make a scratch on their sales.