Whilst Sony have remained stoically silent (or, at best, vague) about their overall plan for used games and the surrounding issue of DRM, Microsoft have repeatedly bumbled their PR regarding the Xbox One’s take on the currently hot topic.
According to one analyst, Cowen & Company’s Doug Creutz, that won’t happen again at E3, with both companies to clearly focus on the games, and not venture into the murky waters we so desperately want clarified.
“For Sony, the challenge is how to differentiate the PS4 from what Microsoft is offering,” says Creutz, “given how badly the PS3 has lagged the 360 in Western markets.”
“We also don’t expect to hear any official word on what the used-game policy will be on next-gen consoles,” he added. “We doubt either Microsoft or Sony will address pricing for current- or next-gen consoles at E3.”
Trade website GamesIndustry says it’s expected that both Microsoft and Sony will “charge consumers who buy games second hand to access the content, ensuring the hardware manufacturers and the publishers receive a cut of used games sales.”
Microsoft have cancelled their usual post-conference press round table, and have apparently informed media that there won’t be any opportunities for interview time with “senior executives to discuss the Xbox One business during E3.”