A block on pre-owned games on next generation consoles would have a drastic impact on consumer interest, according to games retailer GameStop.

"We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability or not play new physical games," GameStop spokesperson Matt Hodges said in an e-mail to Bloomberg.

Currently the block on pre-owned is a rumour tied to the next Xbox. Anti used-game tech rumours first surfaced in 2012, but the latest story comes from highly respected UK games publication EDGE.

Source: Bloomberg