You may have heard the recent rumors that the next Xbox will have some anti-used technology on-board. Well, it looks like you can rest easy. According to Gamestop, it will have no such thing. They should know, since they would have the most to lose if this technology was on-board. A system like this would kill the secondhand and rental market, after all.
GameStop’s CEO Paul Raines said, “We think it’s unlikely that there would be that next-gen console because the model simply hasn’t been proven to work. Remember, used video games have a residual value. Remember 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…And, our partners are good partners. The console companies have great relationships with us”.
It’s way too early to speculate on what Microsoft is doing with the next XBox, but judging by how many rumors and talk it has generated so far, I’d say that we all wish it was here today.