A Sony patent that may restrict the use of used games on the next PlayStation console has caused GameStop shares to drop.
After investors heard about this possibly industry-shaking move by Sony, GameStop saw its shares fall by five percent. The new technology, if included in the system, would encode games so that the original consumer would be the only person who could play the products.
However, whether or not we’ll actually see this implemented in the “Orbis” is still to be determined. Market analyst Tony Wible explained to Yahoo! Finance that GameStop’s stocks dropped before the launch of the PlayStation 3 due to similar rumors.
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see if Sony does anything with this new patent.
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