The lights are on
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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GameStop must be sweating considering the boon they've enjoyed in buying and selling used games.
Alright, Sony. I hear you.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, sounds fishy.
they need to give a big harddrive for all my old games.
Vague statements annoy the hell out of me.
Yea sony, but mistakes can occur still.
you mean semi angry. with the lack of any BC not even ps3 games
It won't prevent it, but it won't advocate it either, so...
OK, I bet they have something under their sleeve. They won't let this second hand paradise go on.
NEVER TRUST SONY
With a statement this vague, there are really two things going on, because if there was nothing going on with this, they would have given a straight answer. Possibility Number One: They gave a vague answer to keep people talking about the PS4, since the only bad publicity is no publicity.
Possibility Number Two: They have some other system in place, such as a fee to play used games or something. Obviously, I'm hoping that Possibility Number One is the truth. I think that the only way they would implement this is if Microsoft also did it, because if the PS4 has this and the next Xbox doesn't, I will switch my allegiance, which is saying something, as I've always been a staunch supporter of Playstation, and strongly disliked Microsoft's business practices, as well as the inferiority of their systems. But I would switch.
And no, I'm not trying to kick off a console war, I'm simply stating that even though I love Playstation and hate Xbox (I'm not a fanboy though), I would switch if this came to pass, and I know I'm not alone. Sony knows this too.
Sounds promising but I just hope they don't do anything extreme.
That's not surprising. They would be ruined if they didn't allow used.
This is a true statement, I think. Over the last 14 years, I have had a Sony console. I prefered N64, was disappointed by GameCube. I preferred XBOX, and was disappointed with the constant breaking/advertising of the 360. I have only just recently realized I prefer Playstation, despite it's lack of Iconic/fun 1st party lineup. No offense, GoW1,2,3, or Uncharteds.. I just find you boring.