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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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    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]