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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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I don't see either console trying this until that until downloaded games are the standard.
Of course if they chose to block used games there competitor would more than likely do the opposite and pull even more gamers away from Sony.
Used games will likely never go away.
I hope this is true.
Used games will always be around unless/until we move to completely digital format - which will be an issue for any country (or even an area of a country [yes this does include rural US areas]) with less than stellar infrastructure for internet service.
I just finally saved up enough money to buy the PS3 now the PS4 is coming out. Being a single father, money is very tight. All I have to say is any console ( I typically game on Sony and Microsoft, money permitting) that places a restriction on used games, is a console I will not buy. I like the way some companies handle it now with having to buy an online pass to play multiplayer if you buy a game used. A game like Gear of War I will buy new because I love the multiplayer. Call of Duty? Not so much. It would be a huge mistake for any company to place restrictions on used games.