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Michael Pachter Responds to Orbis Rumours

Posted by Sammy Barker

Warns against anti-used games

While we’re still trying to wrap our heads around yesterday’s PlayStation Orbis rumours, seasoned industry analyst Michael Pachter has whipped out his crystal ball and provided some insight on the murmurs.

Chatting with GamesIndustry, Pachter explained that it’s unlikely Sony will install anti-used game measures into its next console because it could have dire repercussions on the platform as a whole.

He said:

It would benefit Activision and EA slightly, and would hurt GameStop a great deal. If Sony unilaterally did this, I could see GameStop refusing to carry their console, and sales of the PS4 would therefore suffer.

Pachter continued that if one manufacturer were to adopt this philosophy then the others would have to be on board too, otherwise the supporting system could risk a large loss of market share. The Wedbush Morgan analyst entertainingly elaborated that he doesn’t believe any of the platform holders are “stupid enough to do this unilaterally”.

He speaks sense, of course. Is this a Michael Pachter quote we can all get behind?

[via gamesindustry.biz]

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User Comments (4)

Kayoss

#1

Kayoss said:

For the first time, I agree with him. WoW i guess the world is ending.

Play_It_Loud

#2

Play_It_Loud said:

Sounds like a combo of a lot of things we were saying yesterday...Hey we are all video game analysts... lol

Stuffgamer1

#3

Stuffgamer1 said:

Yep, he actually said something sensible for a change. No, I kid, it's actually not the first time. It is semi-rare, though. Anyway, it's worth noting that Sony might well not be the ONLY company looking into this route, as rumors to similar effect regarding Microsoft's next console had already been circulating beforehand. So I guess that might wind up giving the Wii U an unexpected advantage? Who knows? :P

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