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Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 / PS4 Won't Block Second-hand Used Games


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72w ago - Following up on yesterday's PlayStation 4 / PS4 announcement and PlayStation 4 / PS4 trailer videos, today Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that PlayStation 4 / PS4 won't block the use of second-hand (used) games.

To quote from Eurogamer (linked above): "Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has told Eurogamer that PlayStation 4 will not block the use of second-hand games, contrary to various reports, speculation and even a Sony patent unearthed last month.

I sat down with Yoshida a few hours after the PS4 reveal tonight and one of the first things I asked was whether used games would be blocked.

"Do you want us to do that?" he asked.

No, I said. I think, if you buy something on a disc, that you have a kind of moral contract with the person you've bought it from that you retain some of that value and you can pass it on.

Do you agree, I asked?

"Yes. That's the general expectation by consumers," said Yoshida. "They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation."

So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, I asked, you're not going to stop them reselling it?

"Aaaah," was Yoshida's initial answer, but seemingly only because he'd forgotten his line. "So what was our official answer to our internal question?" he asked his Japanese PR advisor. The advisor stepped in but didn't seem to answer clearly, at least to my ears. Yoshida then took control again firmly:

"So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?"

I said I thought that was fine.

Interestingly, I also spoke to a Sony source elsewhere at the event this evening who told me that the anti used-game patent discovered last month was actually nothing to do with PlayStation 4 at all.

The patent suggested that discs would come branded with a contactless tag that could be recognised and read by your console, which would then bind it to you and prevent you from selling it on.

But whatever reason Sony did have for patenting it, it sounds like it wasn't for its next-generation console. Hopefully Microsoft will also avoid this ludicrous technology with its next-generation Xbox as well."




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BluRay's Avatar
#53 - BluRay - 72w ago
I'm sorry, but If there is anything this last gen has taught us is to stay away from launch model... Or you're forgetting about those random YLOD or RSOD? Not sure, but you're referring to PS3 Fat with BC? The PS2 emulation was poorly done, the YLOD risk just isn't worth It.

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#52 - aniss - 72w ago
wow i think the console would be awsome , and i loved the controller

SwordOfWar's Avatar
#51 - SwordOfWar - 72w ago
I'll be getting a launch model, because usually those models are the ones that get the bells and whistles, and are first to have working hacks/exploits.

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#50 - Itheunknown - 72w ago
I know how you fell, I had exactly the same thoughts with the last generation until I bought a PS3 two years ago and got into it again, but now I want a PS4 so badly since Sony is focusing on Software again (or so it seems due to the mass presence of developers in the conference and the X86 architecture).

BTW, I also owned every console since VCS 2600 and Intellivision! Unfortunately, my daughter have no interest in games if they aren't for IOS. Ahhh maybe I'm too much of "Old School" to know when give up!

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#49 - BluRay - 72w ago
Stan, which Wii U games?

Anyway, It's a mistake to rush into consoles, specially after all those YLOD and RLOD before. Also, If you want to buy something from Sony, It's always better to wait for the inevitable Slim version. I actually plan on giving It a year or two before buying It.

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