The next PlayStation and Xbox consoles probably won't block used games, according to GameStop's Jon Haes.
The vice president of used merchandising at the US-based retailer said that the average price of used games was only $18 in North America, compared to $60 for a new game, and that the used games market was ideal for people that weren't prepared to invest in new IP and hardware.
"What we’ve also done is designed a way for that new leading-edge consumer to get value out of their old games," said Mr Haes. "That is what creates this great circle of life that we talk about, and so many try to imitate."
Mr Haes said he was excited about what Wii U would bring for gamers, and that he couldn't imagine future consoles blocking out used games, saying it was "highly unlikely" that the major players in the industry would implement such an "unfriendly consumer initiative".
"The pre-owned business is not a cannibalistic business," he proclaimed.
By Gaetano Prestia - Tweet @Gaetano_Prestia
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