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Pachter To Sony And Microsoft: "You Have To Support Used Games"

Pre-owned not so bad.

Michael Pachter, analyst and all round videogames industry celebrity, has urged Sony and Microsoft to consider the impact that locking out pre-owned software will have.

Both the PS4 and the next Xbox could potential limit the use of second hand games on the consoles, with rumours circulating for months that some kind of tagging device (and an internet connection) would mean the death of the used game market.

Speaking on the latest Pach Attack, the Wedbush analyst said that the industry would “disintegrate” if this was to happen. “I think there will be no more videogames if next-gen consoles don’t support used games,” he said.

“You hear that, Sony and Microsoft? You have to support used games.”

He also laughed off claims from some publishers that pre-owned sales eat up a large chunk of potential profits. “What does it actually cost if people trade in used games and some people buy used games instead of new games?” he asked.  “My guess is 5% of software sales, probably.”

He says that the majority of a game’s sales happen in the first three months, and although around 40% of games are traded, they’re not done so quickly enough to really make much of an impact.

“So what’s the cannibalization? I’d say probably 5%. I’d say about 5% of the time somebody buys a used game instead of a new game, that costs the publisher a new sale.”


  1. stage1
    Since: Feb 2012

    Oh shut up, Pachter.

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 11:15.
  2. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    pachter, advocating consumer rights?

    have i woken up in bizarro world again? o_O

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 16:55.
  3. Ed the Penguin
    Since: Dec 2008

    The problem with locking out used games for me would then be the hunt for the rare/classic titles later on in the console’s life. It would start to get difficult looking for a brand new copy of an old game.

    Comment posted on 23/05/2012 at 09:23.

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