GameStop: new Xbox won’t block used games

US retail chain GameStop has poured cold water on claims that Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor will somehow prevent used games from being played.

In January, a Kotaku report claimed that Microsoft's next console would use Blu-Ray discs and feature "some sort of anti-used game system". Speaking during an investor call yesterday, CEO Paul Raines said Microsoft should be wary of thwarting pre-owned games because trade-in credit does much to stimulate sales of new releases.

"We think it's unlikely that there will be a next-gen console [that blocks used games] because the model simply hasn't been proven to work," Raines said, according to Kotaku.

"Remember that games have a residual value. Remember that GameStop generates $1.2 billion of trade credits around the world with our used game model. Consider taking used games out of that – you'd have to find new ways to sell the games.

"And our partners are good partners. The console companies have great relationships with us."

GameStop's annual results go some way to reinforcing Raines' comments. As we noted yesterday, hardware sales of $1.6 billion show how important the retailer is to the platform holders.

While pre-owned sales brought in $2.6 billion, revenue from second-hand products paled into comparison to sales of new games, which totalled $4.04 billion.

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