GameStop: Consumers unlikely to buy next-gen console that blocks used games

Specialty retailer says purchase intent would be "significantly diminished" if new platforms prohibited secondhand games.

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Gamers would be unlikely to purchase a next-generation platform that blocks used games or limits other activities, a GameStop representative told Bloomberg.

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"We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability, or not play new physical games," GameStop vice president of public and investor relations Matt Hodges said.

Hodges' comments come after GameStop shares slid more than 6 percent yesterday following a rumor that Microsoft's Xbox 720 would block used games. This would be potentially problematic for GameStop, which generates a significant portion of its revenue from the sale of secondhand games and goods.

The analyst consensus is that future platforms from both Microsoft and Sony will not block used games. Official word is expected soon, as both companies are rumored to announce their next consoles in the coming months, with the PlayStation 4 possibly coming out of the shadows as early as this month.

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