As we previously reported, Sony has unveiled its plans for the next generation of games consoles, with the PlayStation 4 due to arrive in time for the 2013 holidays. But what was not revealed is just as crucial as what was revealed.
There has been intense speculation over whether Sony was planning to cull used games by including a system in the PS4 for detecting and rejecting software that had previously been played on another system. No such plans were laid out during the press briefing.
However, Eurogamer decided to find out the truth once and for all, and asked Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida whether the rumors were true or not. The following exchange then took place:
“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.
Do you agree, I asked?
“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.”
So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, I asked, you’re not going to stop them reselling it?
“Aaaah,” was Yoshida’s initial answer, but seemingly only because he’d forgotten his line. “So what was our official answer to our internal question?” he asked his Japanese PR advisor. The advisor stepped in but didn’t seem to answer clearly, at least to my ears. Yoshida then took control again firmly:
“So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?”
Assuming Yoshida is talking from an authoritative position, which he should given his job title, then those of us who play used games have nothing to fear from the PS4. GameStop executives are rejoicing as we speak.