The company has no plans to combat the used market
Shuhei Yoshida, the leader of the Sony Worldwide Studios, confirms that his company has no plans to block used games for the upcoming PlayStation 4 home console, despite earlier rumors.Speaking to Eurogamer, the executive says, “Used games can play on PS4.”
He adds, “That’s the general expectation by consumers. They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation.”
A patent revealed during the first few months of the year suggested that Sony was using Near Field Communication in order to make sure that only authenticated new video games could be played on the PlayStation 4.
This would have meant that the very lucrative second hand market would disappear, which would have consequences for both retailers and publishers.
The PlayStation 4 reveal event has showed off a new console that will focus heavily on streaming solution powered by Gaikai and the PSN in order to allow players instant access to their favorite titles.