Two days ago there we reported on rumors that the next generation Microsoft console would require an always on internet connection to prevent used games sales. Well today GameStop has come out and warned console makers that blocking used games will hurt the industry, but also lead to less console sales overall.
GameStop spokesman Matt Hodges in an interview today said that they know that blocking used game sales would “diminish” consumers “desire” to purchase a next generation system. However, he didn’t stop there; Hodges went on to say that “limiting portability” and not having “physical games” would also limit the consumer base for next generation consoles as well.
Not to say that GameStop is a reliable source of information about this subject, considering their stocks plummeted when rumors of Microsoft blocking used games arose the other day. However, if these rumors are true, it does benefit us as consumers that GameStop is speaking out against the practice of blocking used games. Hopefully all the bad press of this rumor has had some affect on Microsoft’s final decision on whether or not to include this feature in their next generation console; but we will have to wait and see.