Microsoft Sony Planning To Block Second Hand Games On Next Xbox/PS4?

With fourth generation console announcements imminent, Microsoft and Sony could be on the point of a mighty own goal.

Reports are floating through the ether suggesting that the next gen Xbox will use always connected technology to ensure that games disks will only work for original purchasers. Sony has allegedly developed on disk technology which locks a game to a single console without needing a network connection.

Either way this amounts to epic levels of stupidity - the availability of cheaper second hand games enables a higher first purchase rate by users and keeps console sales higher by bringing in users on tighter budgets.

If Microsoft and Sony go ahead with this strategy I would expect then to struggle to sell fourth gen consoles in anything like the numbers of the past.