Pachter Talks Used Games (Again): If Sony and Microsoft Block Pre-Owned Games “the Industry will Disintegrate”

May 21, 2012Written by Alex Osborn

Ever since rumors first broke that the PS4/Orbis may not support used games, gamers everywhere have been voicing their disapproval at such a move by Sony. Industry analyst Michael Pachter is at it again, sharing his thoughts on the blocking of used games, this time going so far to say that something like this could destroy the industry.

Pachter, speaking in the latest episode of his GameTrailers show Pach Attack, explained that if used games were banned in the next-generation of gaming hardware, “I think the industry will disintegrate; I think there will be no more video games if next-gen consoles don’t support used games. You hear that, Sony and Microsoft? You have to support used games.”

The analyst then went on to explain why a move like this wouldn’t make sense, especially in the case of Sony, saying:

Why would the next-gen consoles not support used games? Sony doesn’t sell that much software; maybe 10% of sales are Sony products. Everything else, the other 90%, is third-party. Sony isn’t going to help its overall sales that much – let’s go with 1%, 2%.

With regard to the benefits for publishers, Pachter doesn’t believe that a block will make all that much of a difference anyway, citing that his “guess” that the cost of used game sales would make up about “5% of software sales, probably.”