Following the Sony keynote for the new PlayStation 4 gaming console yesterday, Sony have not confirmed that the new PS4 will not block the use of used games. Sony customers seems to appreciate the announcement as there are reports that Microsoft’s new and upcoming Xbox 720 console will not be able to play used games.
Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has explained to the Eurogamer website that the PlayStation 4 will will not block the use of second-hand games, However Gaikai’s Dave Perry revealed that the PlayStation 4 will not natively support PlayStation 3 games.
Shuhei Yoshida explained in an interview with Eurogamers Tom Bramwell, when he was asked if used games will be able to be played on the PlayStation 4 Console.
Yoshida : ”Do you want us to do that?” he asked.
Bramwell :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.
Bramwell o you agree, I asked?
Yoshida : “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.”
Bramwell “ So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, I asked, you’re not going to stop them reselling it?
Yoshida : “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:
Yoshida : “So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?”