Saturday, June 8, 2013
Used Game Block Will “Kill” Next Xbox, Retailers Say

Used Game Block Will “Kill” Next Xbox, Retailers Say

If the rumors are true, the next Xbox is shaping up to be an unfriendly console. What, with the system requiring an internet connection to work and blocking the sale of used games, it seems as if Durango is out to kill itself. Speaking of which,  retailers in the U.K. are warning Microsoft not to enforce the blocking of used games on its new console, especially if Sony goes a different route with PS4.

Here’s Steven Doyle, manager of Games Dojo:

It all depends on what the PS4 does. If Xbox doesn’t allow pre-owned and the PS4 does – it will kill the Xbox.

Robert Lindsay, managing director of indie retailer Games Centre added:

If Microsoft incorporates the tech to lock out pre-owned games and Sony doesn’t then there is going to be only one winner in the next generation of consoles – and it won’t be Microsoft.

More retailers spoke up about the situation, with Excite Games owner Paul Whitfield saying “blocking pre-owned would be a bad thing,” and Don McCabe, joint MD of Chips adding, “block second-hand and force a constant connection and the market will shrink rapidly, but Microsoft will still make a profit. As for the rest of us, tough titty.”

Microsoft, it is rumored, will announce the next Xbox later this month or sometime in May.

Thanks, Videogamer.

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