Rumours are flying around like so much air regarding the next generation of consoles right now.
One in particular is that next gen hardware will block the ability for second-hand games to be played, something which could shake a business like EB Games to the core.
Speaking to Fairfax Media, EB Games Marketing Director Shane Stockwell said: “If I was concerned by everything I read on the internet, I’d probably have lost my hair a long time ago.”
“I’ve learnt to take it with a grain of salt. That’s all rumour; there’s nothing to say otherwise; I think it would be a strange move from two major corporations to cut off a business avenue in pre-owned games.”
“From a business perspective, it’s a great marketing asset, that you can play existing games you have. But what happens is that consumers take their old games, bring them into our stores to trade them in so they can afford to buy the new thing.”
He has a point, too, insofar as neither Microsoft nor Sony can afford to jeopardise the volume of new sales the enthusiasm of new hardware will bring.
That said, the early-adopters are rarely those strapped for cash, so it’ll be interesting to see if either player does make so bold a move.