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PS4 & Pre-Owned Games: Sony To "Do The Right Thing"

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Jonathan Lester
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PlayStation 4

PS4 & Pre-Owned Games: Sony To "Do The Right Thing"

Sony are still remaining cagey about whether the PS4 will or won't play used games, with early positive comments from Shuhei Yoshida being quickly tempered by a note of caution. Apparently they're "mindful" of the industry's increasing resentment of the pre-owned market, and will announce their exact position once they've decided on "the right thing" to do.

The word "right, " of course, being a very relative term.

“It’s a massively important issue," Sony Worldwide Studios SVP Michael Denny told CVG while discussing pre-owned games, "and I understand why it’s one that keeps coming up and will keep coming up, because people want to know what the exact stance is. Of course we’re mindful of what the game development community wants and what the wider industry issues are with those things.

“It’s not something that I feel I have any further announcement or comment to make on, other than to acknowledge with you that it’s a massively important issue and of course we are going to do the right thing.”

Whether that's the "right thing" for us consumers or Sony's third-party partners remains to be seen. Yoshida recently told MCV that their stance would be a "publisher decision," perhaps suggesting that the PS4 won't block used games at all, or perhaps contains some DRM or technology that can be optionally used at a publisher's discretion. More as we hear it.

Would a used game block affect your decision to buy the PS4 - or any next-gen console for that matter? Let us know in the comments.

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fluff86  Feb. 26, 2013 at 18:06

definetly, it just plays into the hands of people that make promises / create hype about their games that they cant live up to, if youve brought a duffer why shouldnt you be able to sell it on, or in general if you are finished with something wether it be that you dont like it, or have completed or for example want to sell the console itself.

its like someone telling you you cant sell your car second hand because ford wont get a cut, if you have purchased something you should be able to do what you like (within the law obviously) with it.

i doubt i will bother with any next gen consoles til the first wave of price cuts anyway,for several reasons, foremost being if i can save 50 or a hundred quid for something thats not essential then i will, also that the developers will start to get the hang of them and be bringing out 'better' games, and to see how it pans out between the 2 if im looking at choosing one or the other.

but if either has used game lockout then i will be choosing the one that doesnt have or if both do i will be waiting and buying whichever someone figures out a way round first.

gmdlogan  Feb. 26, 2013 at 21:18

The only way it could work is if the games were priced more reasonably. Can't see it to be honest. If preowned games were killed off, Game would be finished completely. I wouldn't buy half as many games as i do if i had to pay full whack. I would definitely give a lot of thought about missing the next consoles full stop. And i've had every Playstation and 3 ps3's (2 left after trading one in last week).

cal8889  Feb. 26, 2013 at 22:00

The only way it could work is if the games were priced more reasonably. Can't see it to be honest. If preowned games were killed off, Game would be finished completely. I wouldn't buy half as many games as i do if i had to pay full whack. I would definitely give a lot of thought about missing the next consoles full stop. And i've had every Playstation and 3 ps3's (2 left after trading one in last week).


PC has had no preowned market for years now and its games are always far cheaper to buy/pre order than the console versions are.

this is because to make a profit on console games they need a higher price and need to sell as many as possible in the first week, after that 9 times out of 10 people will buy a cheaper preowned version and the developers make no money from preowned games sales.

fluff86  Feb. 26, 2013 at 23:27

Its also because pc games are relatively accessible for free via illegal downloads, cracks etc and the need to price them at a rate that makes people consider buying, not to mention that pc gamers have to spend hundreds and thousands keeping their machines up to date to play the latest games, if youve just spent a few hundred on a new graphics card are you going to pay 40 or 50 quid for a game you can doanload for free in 5 mins on your super fast connection, half the time before the release

sosrandom  Feb. 27, 2013 at 20:28

Sony and Microsoft should team up

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