When rumors first started a few weeks back that Microsoft was planning to remove used game access from its next-gen console, the gaming world went crazy. The consensus amongst the community was that blocking players from playing pre-owned games was a crazy move and one which could well lose Microsoft some customers. Not everyone thinks it would be a bad thing however, with most developers on-board with the currently rumoured strategy. Speaking to CVG, the creative director of Crytek, Rasmus Hojengaard made it clear that they would welcome the move.
Rasmus told CVG that he would love to see a used-game block on all next-gen consoles. “From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome. It’s weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn’t work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well.”
Aside from commenting on the pre-owned aspect of the Xbox Next and PS4, Rasmus also gave some further insight into what Crytek was looking for from these machines. “The worst thing that can happen is they make something that’s very complex for developers, regardless of how awesome it might theoretically be,” he said. “So getting hardware that allows you to quickly get prototypes up and running, and any kind of scalability they can offer will be great as well, as long as everyone has that scalability and not just a select few.”
Of course it makes sense that developers and publishers would be happy that every gamer has to pay them directly for each and every copy of a game played, but I still can’t help thinking it is a raw deal for the consumer. After all, you can still buy and swap CD’s and movies with friends and on eBay etc – it isn’t like your Hi-Fi will refuse to play a CD you have borrowed from a friend!