Xbox One and PS4 games can be re-sold, confirms GameStop president

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013 11:08 GMT By Dave Cook

GameStop president Tony Bartel has confirmed that both PS4 and Xbox One games can be re-sold at its stores, following confusion of how the re-sale of games on both formats will work.

Speaking with Forbes, Bartel said, “Both Sony and Microsoft have said games can be resold and that’s exactly what we anticipated. It’s a recognised way to make these games more affordable. All three new platforms understand that.

“As people upgraded to PS3 they traded in their old systems and libraries, which is why Sony made the move to not support backwards compatibility with later iterations of PS3. That’s why the ‘buy, sell, trade’ model works well. It enables people to purchase new games by trading in their old ones. We expect to see the same thing with this transition for PS4 and Xbox One. Trade-ins allow for a seamless transition.”

The common belief is that chains like GameStop and Game make the bulk of their money through repeated sales, but Bartel said that 70% of the company’s $1 billion market sales comes from the purchase of new games.

What do you make of the above? It’s still not clarifying much is it? Let us know what you think below.




  1. SameeR_Fisher

    So how does the used games work ?!

    I buy a used game from store X for 30$, I go home and pay 60$ fee for MS to play the game, so it end up coasting 90$ to play used games.

    yeah right, used games are awesome.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    They can be resold, but when people hit that extra fee to actually play the game, how many are going to want to buy them?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DGOJG

    Yeah of course you can but apparently it’ll uninstall your originally bought game from your XboxOne system and then the pre-owned game requires a fee to reactivate it on the new owner’s XboxOne.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. MidlifeAxe

    Sony still have to comment on how they’re handling used games but it’ll probably be the same as Microsoft.

    However, imagine if PS4 used games work in the same as the Xbox 360 and PS3? That’s a big chunk of ‘winning’ the upcoming gen.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. NinjaHart

    Sony said long ago that they will NOT block used games, Microsoft is doing just that.

    So they way you play used games should not be the same for PS4 as Xbox One (which is a stupid name for the 3rd consol).

    #5 2 years ago
  6. hives

    Okay, cool, so they can be re-sold, but still – buyer will have to pay a fee to play them.

    Nothing is really changing :P

    Xbox, One more reason to buy PS4.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Klaxusprime

    The issue is with Microsoft’s fee and games’ rental. GameStop is just a mediator, it’s obvious that they can continue selling even if there is a fee to Microsoft to be payed.. as Bertel told VentureBeat, the problem is the existence of that fee…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Tech-N9ne

    Giving all his uproar over used game, I’d have expected Sony to cash in right now and explain how it works on the PS4, if their system was any different. But so far nothing, this could only mean both console will implement the same system.

    EA has crapped online pass on all new games (Xbox and PlayStation and no more making Wii U games), obviously because of this new DRM system.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. MidlifeAxe

    @5 Yeah, they said they weren’t blocking used games, but they haven’t revealed whether or not there will be a fee so it can go either way.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Madlink


    They’ve said they won’t block used games, but there’s bound to be more too it than that.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. NinjaHart

    @9 If there is a fee, the game is blocked.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mkotechno

    Yea, you can buy a XBO used game, but if you want to play it you must pay an extra fee to Microsoft for… ehh, for nothing.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Tech-N9ne


    Keep dreaming. Sony and Microsoft have the same goal with their systems, to MAKE MONEY. You guys talk like Sony is running some sort of gaming charity.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. NinjaHart

    @13 Sony will make MORE money by allowing used games, because the gamers will rather buy the PS4 version of games over the Xbox version. So if they are smart, they keep allowing it as it is today, because that’s what the costumers want.

    And if Sony sells 60% more consols because they do not block used games, it’s easy to see who will dominate the market.

    Charging money for everything is not the best way to make most money, having a better offer on the table than your competitors is.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. karma

    Sure they can be re-sold, but that doesn’t mean they cant add a charge to reactivate them on new consoles. I honestly dont trust this at all. And I wont be buying any console that goes down the used game countermeasure path. This is a major issue for many gamers who support their gaming needs with the choice to sometimes trade in not so great or unwanted games so that they can buy new ones. Or to try second hand games they wouldn’t otherwise pick up.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. NinjaHart

    @15 Like I said, if they put a fee on it to re-activated it, the game is blocked. If I can’t just pop the game in my consol, install and play. It’s blocked.

    So if Sony have a fee of some sort before being able to play it, they have also blocked used games and been lying about it. Which is very possible of course, but my comments is comming from what they have said themselfs.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Tech-N9ne


    Yea, I’m sure Microsoft can do that Maths too, and wouldn’t commit to this if their main rivals are not. I think this DRM thing is lead more by publishers that the console manufacturers. I mean Microsoft has never had an online pass for any game the published, something most publishers do, if they were so concerned with used games.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. NinjaHart

    @17 Microsoft don’t need online pass, they charge people for playing online already with Xbox Live Gold Membership required. Selling an online pass would be double payment. So yeah, not selling online passes means nothing, they still charge people for online gaming.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. SameeR_Fisher

    @Dave Cook: I hope you read this, I am not sure you can get a reply or not, but it would be great if you were able to contact Sony’s PR or Shuhei Yoshida and ask if PS4 will also require Activation Code or will charge a Fee for re-activating Used Games to be able to play them.

    Knowing what Sony is up to with the PS4 & Used Games will be the decisive factor in which console to get, I am a Sony consumer, but I sure as hell am so worried.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. jdiehn

    How will the monitary value change when were buying a game we will never physically own, disc`s will never be scratched, case`s lost or any of the other factors that lowerd the value of our used games. If we cant hold the game anymore and we have to stay connected to even play, why in all logic should we pay the same price for our games while we can sell back theres no such thing as a used games anymore…….. F Cloud gaming!!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. salarta

    Hey guys, remember when film companies put restrictions on DVD and Blu-Ray players to force you to pay a fee if you want to watch a used disc?

    No? That’s because even the film companies, for all their greed, aren’t stupid enough to try something like that.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. CyberMarco

    @salarta +1

    #22 2 years ago
  23. The_Red

    Of course they can be re-sold. It’s just like this gen with Project One dollar, except instead of an online pass for 10 bucks, people have to pay $10 for an online AND offline pass.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. tracyllrkn

    I think it’s safe to say that BOTH companies will implement paying a fee for used games, and it won’t be a fee of $10. You would probably have to pay a fee of $50 so you won’t go to Gamestop to purchase a used game. If they were to price at $10, Gamestop would price their used games at $30, and you would purchase the game for $40 in total. And if you complain about not purchasing their console, I doubt they will care, because you’re not helping them one bit. So we’ll see both of them go down this route.

    #24 2 years ago

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