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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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The first console hardware manufacturer that implements protocol to prevent the sale of used games, disallows bringing games to friends houses, and that does not allow game players to trade games with peers, will lose the most money and market share.
Madden, call of duty, Warcraft, etc all get pirated but still manage to generate billions, weird.
Sony needs to blame itself or risk getting kicked out the market.
Maybe they're patenting it to protect the used game market?
If they patent it, doesn't that mean nobody else can use the idea?
I may be entirely wrong... haha
What?! That is so stupid. Because if your console kicks the bucket, how will you play your own games in a new console????
This will really hurt their sales of PS4 games. I constantly buy used when possible. Used games are a major boon to the industry in that more people get to experience games they couldn't afford when they were new.
People are not very smart to not remember Sony said they will not cut out used games on their new system. If they use this on anything it will be what they sell that is most pirated of all, DVD and Blu-Ray movies.
Other than that they just want the patent to have it. Now they will most likely wait, with a vast amount of hope, for Nintendo or Microsoft to use this technology at which point they will advertise that their system plays used games while they promptly sue their two business competitors.
Probably not going to come to pass, but I could see Microsoft if anyone jumping all over the idea if the market would bear it. I recall this dog and pony show playing out over CDs as well. The RCAA fought tooth and nail against file sharing (going so far as to sue individual sharers for outlandish sums) and even tried to get the sale of used CDs outlawed. While they spent a ton and garnered considerable negative press for themselves, technology left them behind and looking foolish.
I buy used when it seems like the better deal. Most of the time I pre-order and buy games day 1. Unless I take a gamble on a game I don't know much about.
I usually do used games that have been around the block for awhile..
For example... If let's say Madden 13 was $49.99 New and $45.99 Used, than I would just buy it brand new.
Meh, doesn't really bother me. My PC is, and always will be, the primary source for games. Sure, Sony's first party kicks ass, but those aren't the only awesome games on the market. Any system that forbids me from playing used games will not be getting my money.
PC, of course, doesn't count, since it's always possible, whether through Steam, Origin, GOG, etc., to find a great deal for almost any game out there.
Seriously though 80% of my games are used and my friend borrows games from me all the time.
Well I enjoy my PS3, I am a PS plus member which I also enjoy very much. BUT I promise you Sony if you do this you will lose SO much business, including mine. I will not buy the PS4 if this comes with it. Same can be said for the Xbox. I will switch to computer gaming I have no problem with that. Hell I am already doing that to an extent.
These gaming companies seriously better evaluate this option of used games not working on the next gen consoles just so they can see a little more profit.
I swear that Sony hates consumers. Their stuff is always more expensive and usually less user-friendly than its competitors. Then they pull crap like this.
Remember that Microsoft wanted to do a no optical drive and a TB or More HDD. Forcing Consumers to buy digital.
Also that Microsoft also had a program that would make you pay to play borrowed or pre-owned games. When a certain website seemed to have the scoop on it, ~KOTAKU~, sorry had a cough there.
So before we all go jumping the gun, let those crazy E-bay clowns go buy their system and jack the price up. I'll wait till the super ultra slim model that looks like the size of a piece of paper to come out, ~model #5001.68952~, sorry I must have a cold.
But then again, I could be wrong and Sony could be the first company to truly screw up and lose out their first fiscal year with a new console and have to release a system that will allow the backwards compatibility and the ability to borrow or but pre-owned titles.
So let's wait and see before we all listen to the I wanna be the first to tell you this, ~KOTAKU~, damn my cough, where the hell is my bag of Ricola?
And remember, "Stay Classy Sand Diego..."
love sony PlayStation all
I'm okay with them trying to stop or tone-down piracy, but used games seems like a bit much. It's a nice idea for a patent, but I hope they alter it a little bit to allow used games if they actually plan on using it.