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Next Xbox 'unlikely' to block used games - GameStop

Retailer boss thinks used market is still of great value to the industry

GameStop boss Paul Raines has said he believes it 'unlikely' that Microsoft's next-generation console will block the use of second-hand games.


Among the many next-gen rumours in recent months were claims that the console may not play used games. According to the report, the anti-used game system could in theory link a copy of a game to a specific Xbox Live account.

But Raines thinks it's not likely. "We think it's unlikely that there would be that next-gen console [that blocks used games] because the model simply hasn't been proven that works," he said today during an earnings call.

Raines goes on to state that used games sales, despite the bad press about them, are still of great value to the industry.

"Remember that GameStop generates $1.2 billion of trade credits around the world with our used game model. So, consider taking used games out of that, you'd have to find new ways to sell the games," he said.

[ SOURCE: Kotaku ]