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Before last night's PS4 announcement event, rumors were circulating that the console would have a mechanism to prohibit players from accessing preowned games. According to Sony, those fears might be unwarranted.
We asked a Sony spokesperson about used-game lockouts, and were told the following:
"We are just now announcing the basic vision and strategy of PS4 and will have more information to share regarding used games later this year. But PlayStation has a long history of keeping its gamers happy and we won't make decisions that damage our relationship with them."
It's a fairly vague statement, but we'll assume for the time being that players won't be prevented from buying used games or loaning them out to friends.
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well that's good and all but most companies are pushing for the pay pass thing anyways.. unless single player is all you want, you may just want to buy it. At least that's what i've been noticing.
That is a big issue right there. IF they stopped allowing us to buy used games. Then I can only imagine how bad the sales would fall
This is likely why Sony isn't going to have backwards compat. for the PS4. It'll keep you from buying used games for the PS4 itself, but wont hinder the collector or "late adopter" for their earlier systems and games.
The PSN infrastructer will be another reason for this. They will likely overhaul it completely to keep them from getting hacked on the new hardware. Not entirely the best choices, but sound ones.
Hopefully Microsoft does the same thing.
I would say they would allow this, especially after the backlash they will get for not allowing PSN Transfers or PS3 game transfers. I mean that's a small complaint, but still a complaint. This statement also scares me because wouldn't you just come out and say YES YOU CAN PLAY USED GAMES....they instead said WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION REGARDING USED GAMES WE WILL SHARE LATER<<<<<< That statement does in fact scare me. This, to me, sounds like there is something up with used games they don't want to state right now like they don't want to pee anybody off. This could really hurt them if true.
Neither the used games issue, nor the "isn't completely backwards compatible", thing bother me. I will keep my old ps3, but when I start playing ps4 games, I'm sure ps3 games will be less appealing anyway. And, I never buy used because it doesn't save me enough money in the 1st place.
Well they got something right. I am glad they chose not to ban used games.
No. No no no. I smell bullsh*t right here.
They're going to charge you a set fee to "relicense" a used game, or some other money-grubbing garbage.
Don't buy it, Game Informer. They screw is coming. And with their lack of clarity on this issue, plus the non-transferability of PSN games, I bet "always on" requirements are coming too.