Rumoured attempts by Sony and Microsoft to stem sencond-hand sales will alienate buyers.
As the impending twin announcements around the next Xbox and PlayStation 4 are speculated to take place soon, GameStop says any move by the two console makers to block second-hand sales will see over half their customers flee.
Rumours suggest that both Microsoft and Sony could include security blocks in their next generation of consoles designed to quash piracy and second-hand gaming, but this could backfire warns the retailing giant.
During a presentation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, CFO Rob Lloyd shrugged off suggestions that the new consoles could impact on the company's lucrative second-hand sales market, revealing the research.
“Consumers want the ability to play pre-owned games, they want portability in their games; they want to play physical games. And to not have those things would be a substantial reason for them not to purchase a new console,” he said.
“I think it was 60% of customers who said they wouldn’t buy a new console [if it blocks used games].”
He also commented that Sony has said it has no intention of blocking used games, while Microsoft has refused to comment on all the rumours surrounding the next Xbox, codenamed Durango.
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