Pachter claims Sony's Jack Tretton supports used games

SCEA president Tretton told analyst that blocking used games is "anti-consumer"

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter claims that Sony's Jack Tretton is opposed to the idea of a console blocking used games.

Speaking on GT.TV's Bonus Round, Pachter recounted a conversation with the SCEA president at an E3 meeting. He asked Tretton directly about the rumour that Sony's next console will not support used games.

"He said, 'for the record, I'm totally opposed to blocking used games. I think it's great for the consumer that they can buy those. We haver a customer that buys our console late in the cycle, pays less, is looking for value priced games, and I think it would be anti-consumer for us to do that'," Pachter said.

Tretton apparently qualified his views by stating that executives at Sony's Japanese headquarters may see the issue differently, but Pachter was unequivocal in his opinion on the next PlayStation.

"I think it will play used games," he said. "That is the dumbest rumour I've ever heard."

The rumours surrounding PlayStation "Orbis" reignited the debate around used games, with Crytek, Silicon Knights' Dennis Dyack and Frontier Developments' David Braben all speaking about the damage they have done to the industry.

GamesIndustry International published a series of editorials on the subject, notably Richard Browne's The Real Cost Of Used Games and John Walker's The Price Is Wrong.

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Well, he is right, blocking used games IS "anti-consumer"
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University8 years ago
If you block used game sales you deprive many of a way to buy brand new releases; I sure as hell couldn't afford the amount of games I buy if it weren't for the generous credit Amazon supply for my used games. I doubt Microsoft or Sony would be so short-sighted as to block used games on their systems, but then again, they may require you to download an online pass to play any game. If you buy the game new, the online pass is free, you buy second-hand, and you have to pay a fee for an online pass to 'activate' your game. We're already in the foothills of that kind of reality, really.
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Mike Kennedy Founder | CEO, GameGavel.com8 years ago
Tretton FTW!
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Rod Oracheski Editor, Star News8 years ago
He was also, at one point, firmly in favour of gamesharing on the PS3.
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