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.