Report – Sony US boss opposed to used games blocking tech

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

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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