Report – Sony US boss opposed to used games blocking tech

Monday, 14th May 2012 03:22 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Industry analyst Michael Pachter has said Sony executive Jack Tretton isn’t keen on ending the used games trade through technological means.

Pachter told Bonus Round that he had asked Tretton about the possibility of consoles which block used games.

The Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO reportedly gave it as his personal opinion that he is “opposed to blocking used games”.

Tretton is said to have commented that used games are “great for consumers” and that it would be “anti-consumer” to take steps against the trade.

The executive did apparently note that he was speaking as an individual, not on behalf of Sony, and that his international peers may not share his opinions.

Talk of next-generation consoles has made frequent reference to the possibility of anti-used games technology of some kind, although analysts and developers have expressed doubts as to its viability.

Many industry insiders, including Silicon Knight boss Dennis Dyack, former THQ executive Richard Browne, veteran developer David Braben and Volition design director Jameson Durall have spoken out against the used games market.

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  1. Wolverine

    for the first time, i love you Sony !

    #1 3 years ago
  2. JB

    “Tretton is said to have commented that used games are “great for consumers” and that it would be “anti-consumer” to take steps against the trade.”

    and “anti-Free Market”

    Developer entitlement ftw… as usual.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Deleted

    You can guarantee that, if it happens, SONY and M$ will wash their hands of the situation by allowing publishers the option to console lock their games. And EA , Activision and CapCom will be all over it.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. back_up

    sony is best
    but used games should be blocked

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    I doubt any of the platform holders really care about it, but you can bet they’ve got third party publishers breathing down their necks, especially EA.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. shogoz

    Wow a Sony executive is on the side of common riff raff? he sure tricked all of you :P and this is why he’s in the position he’s in. hes going to do whatever the fuck he likes because it will be whatever makes him money. i would be surprised if sony of america has as much sway as the original creators in japan. its not up to that loser its whatever the japanese creators say that goes. sony of america is probably just responsible for marketing and a place of support for consoles that have fucked up

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Clupula

    Considering Sony consoles are the only ones that are currently region free, it doesn’t surprise me.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TD_Monstrous69

    Hearing this makes me hope that the folks at Sony Corporate in Japan are listening. For Jack is one of the smarter executives in games if you ask me (even if he looked like a well-dressed used car salesman at last year’s E3, should’ve avoided the tie).

    #8 3 years ago

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