This is a month old, but Sony filed a patent for a technology to block used games.
If Sony and Microsoft do block used games, I have absolutely no interest in those consoles. It's not just the cost, but also the fact that I still buy plenty of games for dead consoles. What If I discover some awesome hidden gem on the PS4 after the system is discontinued? I'll never be able to play it?
If The HD twins (Sony/Microsoft) disable used games, I'd need for them to make concessions in other areas like price. I'd very rarely buy a new IP for $60. The only reason Steam can get away with it is because the PC platform charges developers no royalties and the fact that there are no used games gives them pricing parity.
They're not going to drop prices. Absolutely no way. Don't be surprised if today's $60 price point becomes a $70-80 price point next generation, and
bans used games, and
requires a constant Internet connection.
Who is this supposed to appeal to? I don't know, the most hardcore of the hardcore, who have oodles of disposable income, I guess.
If Sony and Microsoft do ban used games next generation, it will put Gamestop out of business. Gamestop's profit comes almost entirely from sales of used games and consoles. They make virtually nothing on sales of new product. So, that'd be one less brick-and-mortar outlet for games. Hell, maybe that's what Sony and MS want, so they can force you to download everything, at which point resale is totally moot anyway.