Following week/months of rumor’s concerning the Sony’s PlayStation 4 and their stance on second had games, Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has finally addressed the situation.
During an interview with Eurogamer on the PlayStation 4 reveal, Yoshida stated;
“Used games can play on PS4,”
“That’s the general expectation by consumers. They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation,”
I’m sure this is a weight of for many gamers as there has been uproar over the internet concerning the idea of a used game lock out’, which for many could be a key factor in a purchase decision.
Sony have gone on record several times to champion a used game block for consoles and even went as far to patent to implement such a thing.
Used game sales are an issue for game developers as the retail price of a game goes towards things like developer, server and patch costs and for every used game sold is literally taking money out of the developer pocket and placing it into the retailer. Over the last few years, we’ve seen attempts to battle used games including things like day one purchase exclusives and network codes that lock out features like multiplayer modes if not entered and must be bought for a small fee if not acquired through a new game purchase.
All eyes now fall on Microsft who recently have had massive critic backlash thanks to rumors that the next iteration of the XBox will also lock-out used titles, though I think it’s safe to say that Microsoft would be crazy to go ahead with this idea without Sony.