A number of the previously rumoured features of the PlayStation 4 have come true. If there’s one bit of speculation that I’m rather happy hasn’t, it’s the rumour that Sony’s next console would block out used games. That’s not happening.
Questioned by Eurogamer over whether or not the PS4 would block used games, Sony’s president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida denied reports
"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." he said, before stating that "Used games can play on PS4."
Great news (especially for retailers who deal in used games!) – but there are still a few unknowns; Yoshida was a little coy – and it could be that the PS4 will play used games, but might require a second licence to be purchased online beforehand.
Still, you will be able to buy and sell your second hand games – and in the console market, that’s important.
I will say this – if Microsoft decides to block used games, it’ll be game over for the Xbox.
I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend