Tretton ‘Totally Opposed’ To PS4 Used Games Block (According To Pachter)
Jack Tretton doesn’t want used game-blocking technology in PS4, according to Michael Pachter. In other words: a guy said something about a guy saying something.
Speaking on Bonus Round, the web show we’ve never actually watched before today, Michael Pachter has revealed Sony US boss Jack Tretton is ‘dead against’ (not a direct quote) used game-blocking technology.
The tech has been rumoured – we’d say widely, but it’s probably all from one source and just reprinted everywhere as if it’s new news – as a part of the PlayStation 4. It would digitally sign a game to your console when purchased new, and it would not allow those playing the game on other consoles to do so either at all or without paying an ‘unlock’ fee. Basically it’s the worst idea in the world. No exaggeration.
This is a weird one though, because it’s quoting Pachter quoting Tretton, but there you go. As he who is always quoted says the Sony US boss said to him:
“For the record I’m totally opposed to blocking used games. It’s great for the consumer that they can buy those.
“We have a customer that buys our consoles late in the cycle, pays less [and] is looking for value priced games. I think it would be anti-consumer for us to do that.”
And by ‘do that’ he doesn’t mean kill your first-born, though admittedly the idea of blocking used games with a hardware modification does make us feel the same as that wonderful biblical plague/curse/voodoo/whatever it is.
PachTretton went on:
“I don’t know, maybe Japan will think something different, but that’s my view.”
To clarify further, ‘my view’ isn’t Michael Pachter’s view, but Jack Tretton’s view as reported by Pachter on a web show that didn’t feature Tretton. Because that’s the most reliable thing we can get out of Sony right now, it seems.
Next week we’ll go for a thirteenth-hand story, rather than just second. Hopefully it’ll be Michael Pachter again though, so we can use this brilliant image of him we actually didn’t grab on purpose.