Michael Pachter comment on Rumor: The PlayStation 4′s Alias Is Orbis, the Wedbush analyst has commented on anti-piracy measures covered in today’s report.
Pachter explains why he believes implementing anti-piracy technology is a poor idea:
“It isn’t really in Sony’s or Microsoft’s best interests to block used games. 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.
“… if one does it and the others don’t, the one who does it will see a loss of market share. (none of the big three console manufacturers) are stupid enough to do this unilaterally (and none of them) are evil enough to do it together.”
David Cole of DFC Intelligence also commented on the rumor as well:
“A system that tried to stop used game sales would probably turn off the core consumers that rush to trade in their old product to buy new product. In other words, I don’t think it would do so well in the core market.”
Finally Lewis Ward, IDC’s research manager comment one last time about this rumor:
“Customers would rebel. Until there’s the equivalent of a great ‘used’ digital console game trade-in program up and running, gamers will continue to like the ability to trade in discs and basically get discounts on other games. I can certainly see Sony stepping up the idea of $10 online passes for connected multiplayer and so on, but especially for families of limited means or that have a narrowband connection at home, the ability to buy/trade use discs is an important reason why they buy game consoles in the first place.”