Eurogamer has spoken to Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has told them that PlayStation 4 will not block the use of second-hand games, contrary to various reports, speculation and even a Sony patent unearthed last month.
Eurogamer sat down with Yoshida a few hours after the PS4 reveal tonight and one of the first things there asked was whether used games would be blocked.
“Do you want us to do that?” he asked.
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.
Interestingly, I also spoke to a Sony source elsewhere at the event this evening who told me that the anti used-game patent discovered last month was actually nothing to do with PlayStation 4 at all.
Now Sony did have for patenting it, it sounds like it wasn’t for its next-generation console. Hopefully Microsoft will also avoid this ludicrous technology with its next-generation Xbox as well. Hopefully we will see what Microsoft has got up to very soon.