Rumours circulating yesterday suggested that the PlayStation 4, or Orbis, will include functionality to block pre-owned games. The only analyst to ever comment on gaming, Michael Pachter, says retailers won't stock the new console if Sony follow that path.
"It isn't really in Sony's or Microsoft's best interests to block used games," Pachter told Games Industry. "It would benefit Activision and EA slightly, and would hurt GameStop a great deal. If Sony unilaterally did this, I could see GameStop refusing to carry their console, and sales of the PS4 would therefore suffer."
He went on to say that it will only be successful if Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all try and block pre-owned sales.
"If one does it and the others don't, the one who does it will see a loss of market share."