Nasty rumors have been flying around for weeks now that next-gen consoles won’t be able to play second hand games. As you can imagine this was the point of outrage and concern for many a gamer around the world. Some felt this restriction will deprive them of their right of selling their own property while others were not all that delighted by the prospect of paying whole 60 bucks for just an average game.
However, you need not fear anymore regarding this matter. In an interview with Eurogamer Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that PS4 won’t be blocking used games. Here is an extract from the interview:
I sat down with Yoshida a few hours after the PS4 reveal tonight and one of the first things I asked was whether used games would be blocked.
“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.”
For me, this is a tremendous response by Sony’s executive. This shows that Sony has respect for its customers, and they respect their consumer’s wishes regarding the products they purchase. Let’s hope Microsoft follows Sony’s example here.