Jack Tretton Is Against Used Game-Blocking Technology For PS4


All talk of next generation consoles have had associated with it the possibility of used game-blocking technology, but according to Sony US head Jack Tretton, he is against the idea, although he speaks as an individual and not on the behalf of Sony.

That’s according to Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter speaking on Game Trailers’ Bonus Round, who asked Tretton the direct question. According to the analyst, Tretton also said that the move to insert such technology into next-gen systems would be “anti-consumer” because used games are great way for those who can’t afford new games to keep on gaming.

The last we heard both PS4 and the next Xbox would feature such technology, however when we asked Games Thirst how they felt about it, the answers were split.

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10 Comments on "Jack Tretton Is Against Used Game-Blocking Technology For PS4"

  1. Stampylongnose May 14, 2012 at 7:42 am -

    I think used games should be blocked a bit but not entirely. Something similar to the free-to-play model we see on PC with games like Blacklight R and tribes A. You should be able to play the game but have a few classes blocked or you rank up really slow. Then pay $10 or whatever to unlock all the content. Then people that can’t afford retail games can still play and the developers will see some money.

  2. benzo May 14, 2012 at 10:15 am -

    I dont support blocking used games all together,but there needs to be something in place that helps the developers get $$$. Because Gamstop is raping the consumer on trade in prices and developers get nothing on the $55 they charge for a used game.

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  4. Ernice Gilbert May 14, 2012 at 10:26 am -

    Thanks, Benzo! Sending it live now. What was Ubisoft thinking?

  5. benzo May 14, 2012 at 10:40 am -

    Probably the Coco got a**!!!!!! Lol

  6. Ernice Gilbert May 14, 2012 at 10:42 am -

    LOL. Yeah, I suspect that was their motive.

  7. Ghost250 May 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm -

    i don’t know where people get this notion that used games is hurting developers. a couple weeks ago EA posted a billion dollar growth are you honestly gonna tell me that devs under EA or the company for that matter are being hurt by used games. no they’re not, so get over it. only people that get hurt in this industry are the devs or publishers that put out garbage, look at THQ they are trouble for one reason they put out a crap game that no one bought and no one they are losing large amounts of money because of it. has nothing to do with used games.

  8. Ernice Gilbert May 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm -

    Good point Ghost. I like that angle. Bring out quality and your games will sell.

  9. Mezzo May 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm -

    I think Online Pass are enough, blocking used game entirely wouldn’t be really, really stupid.
    Gaming is one of the most expensive Hobby, Entertainment, Past Time. Not everyone can afford it, especially in these tough times.

  10. nick May 15, 2012 at 5:25 am -

    dunno about bring out quality and your games will sell.
    if i had a nickel for every time a game released which was one of the industries best yet struggled to reach 1M units sold id be, well, you get the point by now!
    as for MR contradiction, does he really believe that or is he just saying that to win some fans?
    im betting the latter.
    gotta love how he calls blocking used games “anti consumer” but blocking the MP is not?
    sigh, MR contradiction strikes again!

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