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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I don't like the sound of this at all.
I just wish publishers and developers would understand that the reason I can afford to buy so many NEW games, which they make money on, is because I can trade in my old games for credit.
Also, I have often bought a NEW copy of a sequel to something older that I bought used long after it first released.
I'm sure many people are similar to me and I would guess that blocking used game sales will actually have a greater negative impact on the sale of new games than these companies realize.
If Sony do this they will have lost my respect. Most of the games I play are shared to me by my friends.
If they put this in, then it will just be an incentive to buy the other consoles, hurting Sony.
Absolutely ridiculous. I never planned on buying the next Sony system but that will suck for the people that do. Sony is a joke and same goes for MS if they do the same thing.
I've had to replace 2 PS3's, so if Sony were to implement this into the PS4 I simply wouldn't get one. The last thing I want to do if it broke down is have to worry whether or not my games will still work, especially if their customer service is still as bad as it was a couple years ago.
Maybe they did it so no other console will have it.
I can't play a game *I* BOUGHT on a friends system? THAT is absolutely ridiculous. I bought the damn thing if I want to play it at a friends I better be able to.
Sweet! I think this might be the first time I got a news tip credit :D
I'm conflicted on this, though. On the one hand, seeing all these development studios shut their doors because they can compete with the juggernaut AAA titles is disheartening. But restricting the use of used games is the wrong way to go about it and poses a myriad of problems:
What if your console breaks? Do you have to repurchase all of your games?
What if you want to lend/borrow games with friends?
What about game rentals?
I hope Sony doesn't put this into practice.
I wonder if they would use this technology on blu ray movies, as well...