Following on from the unveiling of their new PlayStation 4 console last night, Sony have now confirmed that the new console will not block the use of used games.
The welcomed PlayStation 4 announcement has come amid reports that Microsoft’s new Xbox 720 console, will be not able to play used games, when it launches.
However Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has explained to the Eurogamer website that the PlayStation 4 will will not block the use of second-hand games. However Gaikai’s Dave Perry revealed that the PlayStation 4 will not natively support PlayStation 3 games
Explaining in the interview after he was asked by Eurogamers Tom Bramwell whether used games would be blocked on the new PlayStation 4, Shuhei Yoshida said:
Yoshida : ”Do you want us to do that?” he asked.
Bramwell :No, I said. I think, if you buy something on a disc, that you have a kind of moral contract with the person you’ve bought it from that you retain some of that value and you can pass it on.
Bramwell :Do you agree, I asked?
Yoshida : “Yes. That’s the general expectation by consumers,” said Yoshida. “They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation.”
Bramwell “ So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, I asked, you’re not going to stop them reselling it?
Yoshida : “Aaaah,” was Yoshida’s initial answer, but seemingly only because he’d forgotten his line. “So what was our official answer to our internal question?” he asked his Japanese PR advisor. The advisor stepped in but didn’t seem to answer clearly, at least to my ears. Yoshida then took control again firmly:
Yoshida : “So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?”
Source : Eurogamer