GameStop: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Games Can Be Resold

by William D'Angelo, posted on 22 May 2013 / 6,130 Views

GameStop president Tony Bartel has told Forbes that games for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 can be resold. There has been a lot of confusion after the Xbox One reveal yesterday whether the system will be able to play used games or not.

"Both Sony and Microsoft have said games can be resold and that’s exactly what we anticipated," said Bartel,. "It’s a recognized way to make these games more affordable. All three new platforms understand that."

Bartel also discussed the lack of backwards compatibility in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The majority of people who upgraded to the PlayStation 3 sold their PlayStation 2 and games, which he believes is why Sony got rid of backwards compatibility in the PlayStation 3.

"As people upgraded to PS3 they traded in their old systems and libraries, which is why Sony made the move to not support backwards compatibility with later iterations of PS3," added Bartel. "That’s why the 'buy, sell, trade' model works well. It enables people to purchase new games by trading in their old ones. We expect to see the same thing with this transition for PS4 and Xbox One. Trade-ins allow for a seamless transition."

He also added that 70 percent of the $1 billion GameStop puts into the trade market goes back into the sale of new games.


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4 Comments

Heavenly_King (on 22 May 2013)

they can sell xboxOne used games, but whoever buys them is a complete idiot, because he will need to pay AGAIN for the game through XBL in order to play it. Looks like Gamestop thinks gamers are stupid.


Chark (on 22 May 2013)

If that is true I'm anticipating used game stores can unlock disks for an associated fee to the publisher, that way gamers can buy them at retail price and be able to tie it to their account no problem. Then trade them in without having to do anything regarding their account.


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BlkPaladin (on 23 May 2013)

Since when was Gamestop ever honest and totally forward about any hidden fees that the playing the games might involve. And actually if you want to get down to it really its not Gamestop's problem. Customer still need to do research and not rely on the person selling an items to do their research for them. Because all they are there for is to sell you a product not to be your friend.


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ganoncrotch (on 27 May 2013)

The guy talking from microsoft has already said that once you install the disk and register it onto your xboxone you wont need your physical copy of the game in the drive ever again.... so am I and gamestop really under the impression that while of course you can trade the disk around and swap it with friends it's nothing more than a means of getting the game data files and is completely unplayable as a full game without the original CDKey. Either this or they're truly retarded and you can just go and buy a game, install it and instantly trade it in for the next and you will own every xbox1 game for the price of one game.... NO


late_release (on 22 May 2013)

A system that plays the same format (blueray) as the predecessor, they don't enable backward compatibility because they don't want to. And later they can sell the oldie ps3 games for a good price once again. They explore us in the face


Chark (on 22 May 2013)

Its not backwards compatible because it doesn't have the Cell chip in it, nothing to do with blu ray. Adding Cell would increase the cost of the console by $100, making it bigger and hotter too.


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JinxRake (on 22 May 2013)

Aside for the fact that the whole internal architecture of the console is completely different on the PS4 as compared to the PS3. What connection is there between the disk drive and the architecture that allows you to play games on your console? None whatsoever.
Please get your facts straight.


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Michael-5 (on 22 May 2013)

I am more confused then ever, so PS4 now has a fee for used games too? If the fee is as large as the retail price, how can Gamestop afford to give people some money for new games, and how can they sell them for anything more then a couple bucks?


ECM (on 22 May 2013)

We don't know what Sony has in mind, re: used games, because they're being very cagey about it, perhaps to let MS stick their foot in that pool and letting them take all the heat while quietly following later.


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ganoncrotch (on 27 May 2013)

ECM I think if I was in the sony camp and now watched Microsoft getting it's whole leg eaten off by sharks for dippin that foot in the pool... I would realllly not try anything like this.


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