Publishers have long claimed that second-hand games are hurting the industry, which has lead to the rise in online Passes to access multiplayer content as a way to make some money from second-hand games. The PS4 has been rumored to block used games, but Sony’s Jack Tretton said that he was “opposed to blocking used games.”
The SCEA CEO said they were “great for consumers” and that blocking them in a future console would be “anti-consumer”, although this doesn’t mean that the online Pass system will also been abandoned. However, the Japanese division of SCE usually makes these sort of decisions. “Japan might think something different,” he admitted.