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Sony: No restrictions on preowned PlayStation 4 games
Sony: No restrictions on preowned PlayStation 4 games
June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Closing the press conference for Sony's PlayStation 4, Jack Tretton officially confirmed that there would be "no restrictions" on preowned games. PlayStation 4 users will be able to sell, trade in, loan and keep games forever.

Tretton further confirmed disc-based games don't require an online connection, and there would be no online authentication process for single-player games.

"And it won't stop working if you haven't authenticated within twenty-four hours," Tretton added, in a direct rebuff toward Microsoft's Xbox One model.

However, PlayStation Plus would be required for multiplayer games.

On the subject of PlayStation Plus, Tretton confirmed that Plus memberships would carry over to PlayStation 4. Users' PlayStation 3 libraries, by contrast, would presumably be accessible by Sony's cloud streaming service, beginning in 2014 in the US.

Here was the reaction from the audience, at the moment of the announcement:



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Bowen Turetzky
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#dealwithit

Dane MacMahon
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Pretty epic. Though with a lot of these titles being always online we know publishers can use their own restrictions.

Hope the media turns this into a massive blow for Microsoft though.

Bob Allen
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The direct quote was "Playstation 4 won't require" which gives Sony some wiggle room. Remember Sony has a patent on uniquely identifying physical discs in order to tie them to an individual consumer. Seems odd they would go to the bother of patenting that and never use it. My guess is they will end up with the same situation as Microsoft in that it is up to the publishers. So he's not lying in saying the PS4 (Sony) doesn't require authentication but publishers can opt to block used sales. And once one publisher does it, they likely all will. So this way, Sony won't be the villain. "We'd love to give you that game without restrictions, but those mean greedy publishers won't let us".

So now that Sony is charging for online multiplayer, I wonder how many Sony fanboys who said "I refuse to ever pay for online multiplayer" will keep their word or will they suck it up and pay for PS Plus.

Dane MacMahon
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Even if every publisher requires some kind of authorization, the lack of system check and Sony mandated game authorizing are nice steps.

John Flush
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Even big corporations can be patent trolls. Just because they patent it doesn't mean they will use it. But yeah, gives them the option that is sure. Still something to get worried about. It beats the other side that basically said I was getting screwed out of the gate though.

Walter Verburg
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I could be wrong, but I see this as a reaction to the poor response Microsoft got for their DRM strategy. Sony is trying to be seen as the good guys here.
EDIT: Which is to say that they initially considered other options, like locking disks and such.

Bernardo Del Castillo
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Well its unrealistic to think that there will be NO KIND OF DRM whatsoever... It is a matter of common sense, I don't expect any software company to be perfectly ok with their products being pirated.. obviously.

But it is quite clear that they will not play ball with their console being used as a DRM device. And that, I respect.

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William Johnson
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Humility is one hell of a drug.

I highly question if the PS3 was a raging success, if we wouldn't be seeing this "pro-consumer" stance coming from them.

Ron Dippold
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They were arrogant as hell at the PS3 launch, execs outright saying their customers were blindly loyal enough to buy the machine even if it had no games, and then got their butts (relatively) handed to them by MS. Global parity is having your butt handed to you when you started out so far on top.

So now they're back, humble. If stories are accurate, Kaz approached Cerny not too long after it was obvious that the PS3 launch wasn't going to be as triumphant as planned. Kutaragi was put out to pasture and they actually asked developers what they would like in a console for once.

In the mean time, MS has done fantastic with the X360, so now they're the cocky and arrogant ones, ads like a spreading blight on the dashboard, and most of the visionaries have left.

The circle of life begins again!

Ron Dippold
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Also, this is why the dream of one unified console is a bad dream, I think. Any corporation large enough to launch one is going to be a sociopath with the memory of a gnat, and will only be benevolent as long as they know you have better alternatives.

Russell Sullivan
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Cheaper than X1 and no internet check-in when playing. Oh, and let's not forget the fact that Kinect / PRISM won't be watching your every move and it seems like a no-brainer.

Luis Guimaraes
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GG

John Flush
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$100 cheaper than the competition. Plenty of games revealed. The history of PS3 having more exclusives with a promise of the next gen having more of the same. Honestly, they hit it out of the park for me. I don't buy at launch though, but it seems highly likely if I get a console it would be a PS4.

Ron Dippold
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Sorry for spamming the comments, but I just found this Sony video on used game sharing that's rocketing around the Internet in case you haven't seen it yet. Maximum trolling in effect:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh8ICaA

Alex Boccia
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power to the people, baby

Kujel s
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Meh, I'm still more interested in Micro-consoles, way cheaper and I don't have to spend at least $400 just to test my game on target hardware, plus I'm not really confident sony has any idea how to deal with discovery.

I can only justify one major purchase for entertainement and since their games don't appeal to me they're not it, MS has a few but I'm not buying theirs for awhile yet either.

Leon T
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PlayStation Plus being required for multiplayer games is a let down. I didn't like live and I don't like this.

Gil Salvado
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I wish some of Microsoft's PR managers would listen to this. That's how a honest cheering crowd sounds like.

Eric Pobirs
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A crowd of E3 attendees, let us not forget. I can remember plenty of stuff that bored the E3 crowd and made tons of money in the real world and vice versa.

This generation will see a higher portion of sales be in download form, with more prominent titles never existing in disc form at all. Thus far, Sony has no mechanism for passing on downloaded games you no longer want and MS does. (Whether money changes hands is up to the consumers involved.) And then there is the subscription model already being used by Sony and now by Microsoft, in which the consumer only has access to the game so long as they maintain their membership.

Things are going to be a lot more complicated than the possession on discs.

Mario Kummer
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What I liked most is that this shows that there is real competition out there between companies. Sometimes I have the feeling that the big companies act like trusts. I think a lot of it has to do with the internet reaction.

Zirani Jean-Sylvestre
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My feeling is that Microsoft will have to back ou

Kujel s
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While sony may not be implimenting a systemwide no pre-owned setup publishers will more then likely do something similar to what MS is offering to protet there interests or just not support sony very well.


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