EA working on 'gamer first' used-game policy for next-gen

Labels boss Frank Gibeau says company is currently formulating a customer-friendly strategy for secondhand Xbox One, PS4 games based on information released thus far by Sony and Microsoft.

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Battlefield and FIFA publisher Electronic Arts is currently working on a "gamer first" used-game policy for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 titles.

During an Electronic Entertainment Expo analyst call today, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said the secondhand market has "certainly been a topic of discussion this week."

He explained that EA is formulating a strategy based on information released by Sony and Microsoft and will return with a definitive statement in the time ahead.

Gibeau stressed that the company's strategy will be "gamer first" and "customer first," noting that EA wants to continue to have a relationship with used games such that "it is a very positive experience" overall.

Microsoft's secondhand policy for the Xbox One states that individual publishers will get to choose if used games are allowed, while Sony has confirmed that there will be no "gating restrictions" at all for used disc-based PS4 games.

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Mickeyminime
Mickeyminime

*enters topic, reads it, looks at date.....June 12th 2013* Damn EA, i thought it might have been April 1st, you know, April fools day. The chances that you would ever put us Gamers and customers first is just.......shocking...............

jark888
jark888

In the end, the rich company can't be persistent forever. 

senjutsu
senjutsu

Pretty sure EA will block in all the ways that it's possible, lol. They already had the online activations against used games, and they did this on their own, without any help from Microsoft. This time, they'll use all the tools from the consoles to block us good.

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

I wouldn't trust EA as far as I could throw a copy of one of their crappy games. No doubt they're up to something crafty, that will only favor them and not the consumer.

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

I knew EA was up to something, they got rid of online passes to put used-game fees instead. 

Jdc01
Jdc01

No worries EA, Microsoft will take you spot as 1 worst company in America, you can be No.2 ( but its going to be a close fight )

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Wait, does this mean used game fees on PS4? How would that work? Though I'm not gonna lie, I knew EA would jump at the chance to do this.

Supabul
Supabul

EA will takeover Gamestop

Richard841
Richard841

I will never believe that anything EA does is for the benefit of anyone but itself. The same goes for any other global corporation, profit is the number one priority. Any time they appear to do something for the customers there will always be another side of the story that benefits THEM. I am not saying you can't enjoy their products and services etc but never be fooled into thinking that they give a crap about you. The less money they can pull out of your wallet the more they will "appear" to care about you and vice versa.

Josh_Barker
Josh_Barker

This is worrying, a "gamer first" second hand policy, literally requires no planning, it's just no second hand restrictions... anything else is not gamer first.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Its just going to be another glorified online pass - a 'replay pass'  or the like.

Whatever eventually happens it will signal the beginning of the end of retro gaming / game recycling :(

Bedsidelee
Bedsidelee

Look it's your game & no one else's so you should do what you like with the game regardless of what these money grabbers at Ea say , last week they were stopping there code in used games now there at it again , I won't buy here games simply .

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Using Dlc to make people want to spend money on their games was a good policy, until everyone figured they could just cut parts of the game to make extra easy money.

Armoured_Mage
Armoured_Mage

so basically what theyre saying is that after taking away online passes, theyre thinking of something else to replace it.

venomnight
venomnight

We their always steam and pc gaming. I usually dont buy use games at all. I dont care about always on connection.

Scholar_Of_Time
Scholar_Of_Time

There is good news to all this; many of the most infamous gaming companies are now banded to the Xbox one...and they're all supporting it...also the PS4 is cheaper.

Ethan740i
Ethan740i

Gamers first ...like EA has ever cared about that..

johnlyw
johnlyw

Gamers first.... As long as you have the money...

SKErwin
SKErwin

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xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

It doesnt matter because in a few years it will all be digital anyway

sexyeyes79
sexyeyes79

The gamer is first to be bent over.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

Let's hear what they have to say.  Riccitello's gone, so if they're willing to back off and let us have our fun, I'm willing to have fun with 'em.

suikosasarai
suikosasarai

Sounds good, sign me up EA!!!



Not; You might change your policy but you can never change your GREED. I hope you crash and burn in hell for all eternity!!! 

snova9308
snova9308

EA and gamer first is like water and oil.

thekey
thekey

I hate EA as much as I hate Xbox one's used games policy. i hope EA games don't sell very well on these next gen consoles. When that happens they'll be singing a different tune once again.

enoslives7
enoslives7

EA can not be trusted...EVER!!!! Still, dumbasses will still shell out 60.00 plus tax for incremental updates to tired sports games. Dumb gamers screw over everyone.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Of course EA wants a gamers first policy. So they can come at them from behind and screw them. 

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

Oh, so suddenly Gamers First is now every important to EA?  I give them 3 months before they give up and starts bitch-slapping us again. 

tevic
tevic

PS4 potential DRM is only for online gaming, as now is the case on current gen consoles with the online passes.

As PS4 can work fully offline and without any "gating restrictions", there is NO WAY publishers could block single player gaming behind a paywall on the PS4.

That is the crucial difference between Xbox One and PS4. Plus the always-connected sh*t of course.

inscript
inscript

playstation need to stop lieing to these people their facing the same problem

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@DamnILoveGames It won't work because if EA introduce verification codes or some other shit for used games it will be obvious it's EA not Sony and gamers will hate them even more than they do now if that's even possible.

With X1 MS have already done their dirty work for them by pointing gamers at 'participating retailers' and making sure they get a cut from the game you ALREADY PAID FOR IN FULL. 

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Although personally im not too bothered about the Checkin, im all ears as to what Used Game mechanisms they put in place, as its very likely that other Devs/Publishers will simply follow suit, so we could potentially be looking at a Used Game template here

flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@SKErwin And I'm sure we come up with as many if not more for SONYBOTS .... You fanboys are an obnoxious lot ... go away and play in traffic.

LE5LO
LE5LO

@SKErwinAre there any on that list you believe are being paid for their comments though or is it just a list of people you think are mentally lacking?

Intrigued by your list, I just looked up your first Xbot and here's what he had to say 17 hours ago:

udubdawgz: "it's unbelievable considering the absolute gigantic success of the 360 after the very good initial showing of the original xbox.

look how quick it can all go down the drains, lol.  i am and will continue to be a very loyal 360 supporter, but, there is no way i'm buying the xbone, as is.  

and, i will now badmouth the idiots at ms every chance i get for their insane decisions."

He doesn't sound like an Xbot or a paid shill for MS, he actually sounds pretty level headed (unless he's paying for XBL!).


xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@thekey Wishful thinking but Battlefield 4 be the second highest selling game this holiday season behind Call of dog.

criticalmass-_-
criticalmass-_-

@inscript they are not lieing, stop listening to haters and die hard fans, PS never has to be connected to the internet....EVER! they  are keeping it the same as it is on the 360 and ps3 concerning DRM. no NEW restrictions are implemented in the console. now if you want to play on-line then thats a different story... on-line passes like this generation already has. XO forces you into DRM from the start. also people seem to skip over the sharing part from XO. it clearly states any of your friends can access your games library if you let them, but only 1 other person can play them at the same time as you. and they are not talking about same game, they said you and one other person can play any game from the library.... it was well writen and even talked about. fans are spinning this stuff so wildly just so their console doesn't look as bad as it really is.

criticalmass-_-
criticalmass-_-

@lifemeisterpeople seem to skip over the sharing part from XO. it clearly states any of your friends can access your games library if you let them, but only 1 other person can play them at the same time as you. and they are not talking about same game, they said you and one other person can play any game from the library

flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@criticalmass-_- @inscript Whatever your definition of truth may be, Sony has not been honestly upfront with information ... smoke and mirrors. They are no different than Microsoft ... whatever will be  of the most financial benefit to them will be the road they will take. It may not be now but be assured it will happen in the future. Things change as evidenced of how they changed the PS3 from its original iteration.