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


60w 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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PS3GAMER20111's Avatar
#33 - PS3GAMER20111 - 60w ago
BluRay best example of that kind of console is ps2, best selling console of all time.

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#32 - BluRay - 60w ago
I have to agree with PS3GAMER, PC will always be superior graphics wise. PS4 wasn't needed, It's very expensive ($530?) and only a bit better (graphic wise) then PS3 and of course, some gimmicks to justify a new console and allow Sony so say they're innovating. Sure, It has way more graphic potential, but how long did It take to use all of PS3 potential? 6~7 years?

By the time we get to see PS4 at It's best we'll already have PS5. Consoles should be cheap or else It just won't sell much. People who are willing to afford A LOT to have amazing graphics spend that money on powerful PCs.

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#31 - PS3GAMER20111 - 60w ago
i'm a console gamer FYI, but i can't afford to be a mad console fanboy like you are and one more thing that PC will be always better than consoles in the matter of graphics and frame rates, but gameplay and exclusives are best on consoles.

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#30 - StanSmith - 60w ago
Since when has EB not ripped off customers? This week I was lucky enough to return a 2nd hand game for $39 where JB had the exact same game new for $39. I got it 2nd hand from JB for $29.

And with game pricing look at WiiU games. They really need to be dropped too. Aliens CM for PS3 was priced at $59 where the WiiU version was $99. You get more on the PS3 version so why is the WiiU version so much more?

I only buy from EB when they price match. They have even called them a few times as they never believe the prices I quote them but I always get the cheaper price.

And by the specs and BC and just about everything else I'm not impressed with the PS4 at all. No BC so NO SALE for me. I already need have a PS2 and PS3 connected when I want to play PS2 or PS3 games instead of having 1 console thats able to play both. I'm not going to have 3 consoles connected as where will the Xbox720 go? I'm guessing the Xbox720 will be BC with all 3 consoles, the way it should be.

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#29 - kalberto - 60w ago
NOPE, I think PS4 is not using HDD anymore, back to basic like PS1 and PS2.

because I read inside specification PS4, it wrote HARD DISK DRIVE: BUILT IN... here is the pdf PS4 specification

https://secure.webassets.scea.com/pscomauth/groups/public/documents/webasset/feb21/pdf/playstation4_specification.pdf













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