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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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    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]