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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Seriously Sony? What are you guys thinking? This is not going to help stop piracy. It's only going to make piracy even WORSE because people will try to find ways around this patent (if it gets used). On top of that, it's only going to hurt the gaming industry because less money will be made from used game sales. Plus, if people wanted to borrow games or buy used copies of games they've never played before, they won't be able to thanks to this patent. Microsoft looks like they're also kind of interested in this, too, which isn't good. Nintendo is the only one who hasn't spoken about doing something like this, and, hopefully, they won't speak about it.
So how do you bypass this if you get the game used? I realize they're trying to stop the copying and redistribution of the same game, but they should implement something better, like an online registration of each game, and either when it is unregistered or not played for a set period of time (like a year) then it automatically unregisters and someone else is free to register it for themselves.
Wow, I really hope they don't go through with this and include it in their new systems. I think this would really hurt their sales because if Microsoft doesn't include something like this on their new system and you can still play used games, then many people will just switch to Xbox because it would be cheaper to buy used games than to always have to buy new ones.
All I hope is that Xbox does not follow because ill have to quit console gameing and move to PC due to the fact that if its linked to a console what happends if the console breaks and you need a new one. Or if you have multiple accounts and that causes all your games to become useless example I would loose over 100 games if they added this to the 360.
Playstation....I already don't like you very much, please don't do this.
It's Time To Buy a new PC...
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.
Hopefully, they're considering this, not definitely implementing it. Telling people what they can do with their property (in this case, games) is a major misstep in addition to a detriment to console sales. It's equivalent to a car that can tell whose butt is in the driver seat and refuse to start if it's not the original owner. This would definitely keep me from buying their next-gen console...Why bother when I have a PC and all the most stringent DRM has been done away with?
Wow, no used games. That would be totally lame, IMO.
I'd like to know how this affects game rentals, especially Gamefly.
Imo, if they start giving us incentives(free dlc content, a weeks free of ps+ etc etc) to buy games new, i'll be down no problems.
The problem with anti-piracy measures: it punishes consumers much more than pirates.
Patented does NOT equal going to be used... idiots
This will destroy PS4 sales
Yeah, right. It may just be a patented technology, but this is an insight of Sony's direction. Even in their desperate moment, they can't help but damage their customers.
I've always been a loyal Sony customer when it came to buying my consoles and rarely played xBox. But if used games do become void, I will be switching over to Microsoft(unless they were to implement it as well). However, if one were to use it, I'm sure the other would not. It would be pretty obvious who would outsell who at that point. My 2 cents.