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.
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