GameStop CEO: Microsoft's next Xbox "will be a very hot, compelling device"

In February, an executive at game retailer GameStop stated that its own research showed that its customers interest in a next generation game console "would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games." This statement followed rumors that Microsoft's plans for the still unannounced next Xbox console would keep used games from being played on its hardware.

Cut to two months later, and it appears that GameStop seems to think the next Xbox might be pretty cool after all. Gamesindustry.biz reports that, in a new interview with GameStop CEO  J. Paul Raines, he states:

We've been spending a lot of time with Microsoft, but we have to let them take the lead on this, but it will be a very hot, compelling device. They are doing some really cool stuff, and I'm eager to hear them start their announcements because I think the world is going to stand up and take notice.

That's some encouraging words from Raines, and it's more than what Microsoft has officially stated for its next Xbox plans. The company is still expected to officially announce the console sometime before or during E3 2013 in June.

There's also been talk from other people in the game industry that this might be the last generation for dedicated game consoles like we have seen in the past. Raines, however, does not believe that, saying that almost 900,000 people have signed up online at the GameStop website for a news alert when Sony reveals more information on their upcoming PlayStation 4 console. He added, "There's a lot of demand for PS4, and I think there will be for the next Xbox as well, once it's announced."

Source: Gamesindustry.biz | Image via GameStop

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It won't be that "hot or compelling" is it always needs to be online and isn't backwards compatible with older Xbox games...

briangw said,
It won't be that "hot or compelling" is it always needs to be online and isn't backwards compatible with older Xbox games...

Stating rumor as fact doesn't make it fact.

except I said "if," (well, actually, I meant "if," but I said "is".

And where did I state it was a rumor? Even Neowin has a new article about it on the front page.

WTF really why is so many thinking xbox rules everything. Nintendo dominated it and Sony perfected it. and NO the new xbox is not gonna be amazing just PS4

t3chmachine said,
WTF really why is so many thinking xbox rules everything. Nintendo dominated it and Sony perfected it. and NO the new xbox is not gonna be amazing just PS4

Wow... You don't have a bias or anything... /s

ANY new console from Microsoft or Sony will mean more money all around initially, so of course he's excited, it's guaranteed profit. What's more interesting is exactly how used games will be treated long term.

I just want the new xbox to not have over heating issues and PLEASE for the love of all that is holy....let there be NO POWERBRICK. I seriously had to dedicate a good portion of space just for that clunky effing thing. It was also impossible to work around when adding new pieces of equipment to my media center.

My guess, they've given GameStop and possibly others the ability to unlock games so they can be reactivated if the rumors were true.

Personally, I didn't believe the rumors.

how can they give the next gen console positive remarks when they have few details about it.
GameStop likes the idea the Xbox will have new anti-piracy measures that side with them.
They don't care about the consoles, only their sales...

tytytucke said,
how can they give the next gen console positive remarks when they have few details about it.
GameStop likes the idea the Xbox will have new anti-piracy measures that side with them.
They don't care about the consoles, only their sales...

I'm sure, as they specifically state that "We've been spending a lot of time with Microsoft", they have actually discussed something that leads them to this conclusion...

Because PC gaming is the least interesting ecosystem of them all, with the least potential for forward movement.

All the exciting stuff is happening on consoles and mobile platforms. The PC as a gaming rig is a stagnant platform that accomplishes nothing but yearly spec boosts.

Quite possibly the most consumer driven bit of uniformed regurgitated nonsense I've heard regarding PC gaming since the last time a kid with with two vowels at the end of his name spoke up.

Oh dear lord, I made a consumer-driven comment about a consumer-driven industry. What was I thinking!

It's almost like you don't realize how much money is in mobile gaming right now. Even Minecraft, one of the darlings of the PC gaming world, pushed more copies on mobile than on other platforms.

Prediction: MS has exposed the ability for GameStop to sell games online rather than MS selling them using XBL OnDemand. In addition to "Only on Xbox" logo, we will now be seeing "Get the Xbox version for 15% less!"

MikeInBA said,
Prediction: MS has exposed the ability for GameStop to sell games online rather than MS selling them using XBL OnDemand.

If it's like that and MS opens up the next Xbox to support 3rd parties to sell games directly and not wait for MS then that's fine with me.

It makes sense that they'd have more info being a big games retailer, MS talked about it's good relationship with retail so outside of the developers the CEO of Gamestop should have a clue of what's going on.

Of course it's not going to lock people out from playing used games... Only a complete moron would even take the rumor and come away with that conclusion... Sheesh...

I'm sure it will be a great console. And on that note, consoles aren't going anywhere either. There are far too many advantages to a console for all parties involved... They're not going anywhere.

Yea right... He's just trying to get people in to buy the new goods since they wont be able to make a killing off of selling back the overpriced used stuff.

este said,
Yea right... He's just trying to get people in to buy the new goods since they wont be able to make a killing off of selling back the overpriced used stuff.

That rumor doesn't even make sense... :eyeroll:

este said,
Yea right... He's just trying to get people in to buy the new goods since they wont be able to make a killing off of selling back the overpriced used stuff.

If anything his comment suggests those rumors are false.

Why would he supports a device that will hurt his lucrative side business? If it were true he would be praising PS4 instead.

Ronnet said,

If anything his comment suggests those rumors are false.

Why would he supports a device that will hurt his lucrative side business? If it were true he would be praising PS4 instead.


Exactly. And people like to ignore the fact that that RUMOR was for the PS4 as well...

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. And people like to ignore the fact that that RUMOR was for the PS4 as well...
People also like to ignore the fact that Sony even has a patent for blocking used games.