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PS4 will not blocked used games, Yoshida confirms

Thursday, 21 February 2013 06:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier

After weeks of speculation the PlayStation 4 has been revealed, and although most of the rumours were true there was one very important omission.

“Used games can play on PS4,”Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer.

“That’s the general expectation by consumers. They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation,” he added.

Although the used-games-block has been touted for Sony several times, especially in the wake of an NFC patent, it’s really been persistent over on Microsoft’s side. The rumours hold so much sway that used game mogul GameStop keeps suffering share panic whenever they pop up again.

It’s probably safe to say that now that Sony’s definitely not blocking used games, for Microsoft to do so would be a grievous error.

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23 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    While I don’t give a damn to this, some do and Sony has just earned their goodwill.
    Sony is ticking all the boxes now.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. theevilaires

    Good job SONY you’re forcing Microsoft hand every minute, day by day now. Soon they’ll have to unveil something the pressure will get too hot not to

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    I don’t think that they will be blocking it, but for people who care about that a lot, beware. The wording was very wishy washy, and they could easily reverse their position if they wanted to.

    Wired has an interesting piece on all of Sony’s broken promises from the PS3 era… Those things were worded even more strongly than this.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mkotechno

    Finally the end of this bullshit rumour.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @3

    They aren’t going to do it. It would destroy the system if MS and SOny were doing at the same time that would be one thing but the negatives would still outweigh the positive.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Telepathic.Geometry

    @Phoenix: Yeah, I agree man. All I’m saying is that Sony has been known to do complete U-turns on very strongly worded promises before (eg Backwards Compatibility is very important to us, we must have it… Shortly after, it was cut out of the machine), and this statement was very VERY weakly made.

    In other words, there’s no reason to believe it other than that it’s sensible…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    @6

    Well they were for Backwards compatibility until they found out it hurt their bottom line. Only way used games would hurt their bottom line is if all of the developers went on strike unless SOny put in the anti-used system.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Zeus

    Great news! This is a dealbreaker for me, so now it looks like I’ll get a PS4 someday.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. salarta

    As long as this remains true, it looks like I’ll very likely buy a PS4 when it launches. I’m hoping it remains true, because there are way too many interests and companies/professions that rely on used games being playable on consoles. That’s not even just Gamestop, which for some ridiculous reason I’ve seen several people act like Gamestop and their approach to the used games market justifies such action. There are a lot more companies such as rental stores, and a lot more interests such as game collectors or even simply wanting to play a game again a decade later, that rely on used games working on systems.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. dizzygear

    Ok thats nice. Now what about region locks and in that regard gaikai? Will i be able to play my japanese copy of Ex Troopers on a PAL PS4 through gaikai for example?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. pleasant_cabbage

    Imo, it’s not that clear cut yet.
    He noticeably faffed about when asked the question then sought PR advice on how to answer:

    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?”

    Still doesn’t preclude them implementing an activation code strategy, of courses here’s hoping they don’t :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. JB

    If true, I can allow meself to get a little excited about at least one of the new consoles, but there´s still many, many ways they can screw the consumers and their rights, so let`s wait and see what happens at the end of the year.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gheritt White

    @12: Having your console play used or second-hand games is not a consumer “right”, you overly-entitled cunt.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Samoan Spider

    @13 Spot on apart from the abuse bit. Even the US and its much lauded 1st sale doctrine is untouched because even if the worst came true, you could always buy a used disc but a license for the product isn’t included. But there’s no denying that the used market helped drive those console sales last gen. Assuming this guys fishy language is taken at face value, this is a good thing for the industry despite the perceived losses.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. JB

    @13 The only overly-entitled cunts are the games industry and it`s forum mouthpieces who wants to control the price, distribution and availability of digital products.

    There`s nothing overly-entitled about selling a game after you`re done with it, made a wrong purchase or for whatever other reason you might be dissatisfied with it for.

    Nor is there anything wrong with buying a used product, it happens all the time and is perfectly acceptable.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Gheritt White

    @15: It’s over entitled to dictate how somebody should or shouldn’t make their product. The only *right* you have is to vote with your wallet: if you don’t like it, don’t buy it – nobody is forcing you to.

    Is locking out second hand sales a good idea? Of course it isn’t.

    Is it there an unassailable right for the consumer to be able to demand that that a luxury goods producer make their product in one particular way or another? Absolutely not.

    And the abuse bit is for effect. You’re a cunt, I’m a cunt… we’re all cunts. I could have said “you monster” (in fact, that would have probably been better). I apologise for my sloppy joke-telling, I’m kinda distracted today.

    EDIT: Also, nobody is talking about digital products – not even you. You’re talking about physical products – discs and consoles. There is no second hand market for digital sales; I couldn’t sell/give my Diablo 3 key to a friend after I’d finished with it, for example.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Fin

    @16

    Yer, people jump up and down a lot about console games, but you’ve never been able to resell PC, Steam, iOS or Android games.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. salarta

    @13: Oh boy, let’s be overly abusive toward people and throw the word “entitled” around like it’s in style! The more I see people use the word “entitled,” the less I can take them seriously. Last time I saw the word “entitled” used, some Capcom and Ninja Theory fanboys were complaining that Devil May Cry fans were acting “entitled” for daring to not buy a game they didn’t want to play, DmC.

    As to the issue of whether or not used games is a “right,” legally it may not be so, but something being a law does not make it right. If we acted like everything the legal system set down was indisputably the right way to go about things, slavery would still be legal.

    The issue is mostly tied to how we define what a game is. Most people, when the game is in a physical format, would like to keep it treated the exact same way as other physical objects; you bought a chair, you can sell that chair to someone else and they can use it. Most COMPANIES behind games, films, etc want to define the physical disc they come on in the same category as a logo, brand or IP, for the simple reason that they can bilk more money out of consumers by denying them the opportunity to pass the disc along for other people to enjoy. While the average consumer is fair-minded and is willing to legally purchase content, the average company wants to find any excuse they can to make more people pay more for less.

    Quite honestly, watching some of the crap video game publishers try to get away with, throwing out half-done games and lazy DLC that they charge $5-15 for, and film distributors re-releasing the exact same film in multiple different packages, has me thinking the entertainment industry may be a huge part of why the economy is doing so poorly. Money that people COULD spend on physical goods that last longer and can be freely re-used and re-sold, or that could go to needed services like hospitals and child care, is instead going toward buying weapon skins for $45 so that CEOs can buy bigger mansions and fancier cars.

    And while something like an actual chair in everyday life can be re-sold with ease and fixed if damaged, discs will only work so long as the technology that supports them remains, while things like virtual objects in an online game are gone as soon as the company shuts down the servers.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Gheritt White

    TL;DR.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. salarta

    @19: Ignore your comments from now on? Okay, will do. :D

    #20 2 years ago
  21. SplatteredHouse

    Sony’s Shuhei “that’s my expectation” Yoshida had the following to say to Engadget about this – http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/21/yoshida-used-games-caveat/

    “That’s my expectation, that PS4 games will work on [the] hardware. That’s my expectation,” he told us in an interview this morning. When we pushed to clarify what he meant, Yoshida stuttered. “Ummm … yeah. We have to really name our system services to explain more about it,” he added.

    They speculate that this suggests that there may be a yet unrevealed catch to the playing of used games, on PS4.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. SplatteredHouse

    Statement issued to Game Informer by Sony: “We are just now announcing the basic vision and strategy of PS4 and will have more information to share regarding used games later this year. But PlayStation has a long history of keeping its gamers happy and we won’t make decisions that damage our relationship with them.” http://penny-arcade.com/report/editorial-article/think-the-ps4-wil-be-best-friends-with-used-games-not-so-fast

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Kacurikaci

    i found great webisite to play unblocked flash games at school.

    #23 2 years ago

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    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]