A video game retail company says that next-generation gaming consoles will not have an anti-rental system that will lock out games if the console detects that the game was not purchased as new.
According to rumors, the next Xbox will be having this anti-used game technology on board, but according to Gamestop, this is very unlikely. If a console uses an anti-used games technology, this means that if one player purchases a game, he won’t be able to sell it to Gamestop or he will be unable let a friend borrow it since the game will be registered to his system.
During the company’s earnings call last Thursday, Paul Raines, Gamestop’s chief executive officer, said that he does not believe that the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 720 and Nintendo Wii U will block used or rented games.
“We think it’s unlikely that there would be that next-gen console because the model simply hasn’t been proven to work,” said Paul Raines. “Remember that used video games have a residual value. Remember that GameStop generates $1.2 billion of trade credits around the world without used games model. So consider taking used games out of that, you’d have to find new ways to sell the games, and our partners at the console companies have great relationships with us.”
This technology will mean the death of Gamestop as the company makes nearly half of its profits from selling used video games.