The lights are on
We’re not new to the war on piracy and used games, but it appears Sony is taking a new step for prevention.
A Neogaf user found a patent application for an “Electronic Content Processing System.” Just what would this system do? It would tie game discs to specific user accounts and/or consoles. An RFID tag on any given disc would be read by the console to determine if the game had been used before on another console and/or account and would block you from playing it.
Obviously, this is an issue for those who buy used games and/or share them between friends and family. It seems that Sony is trying to cut back on piracy with the PlayStation 4 on the horizon. Still, the filing of a patent is not necessarily an indication that the technology will actually be used. Sony owns many other anti-piracy patents, like USPTO #6,782,477, which have never been used.
Thanks Aaron Quixote for the news tip!
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Oh god, this could be.... The rise of SOPA/PIPA? Nah, not exactly. But this is pretty odd.
Well if this actually makes in the final product I know I won't get a PS4. I understand why piracy is bad and it is difficult to stop but there has to be a better way than this.
I buy all of my games new or at least I try to