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Sony: PS4 will play used games

Sony: PS4 will play used games

Thu 21 Feb 2013 8:23am GMT / 3:23am EST / 12:23am PST
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But Yoshida won't promise a 2013 release for Europe

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Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will play pre-owned games, despite earlier reports.

"That's the general expectation by consumers," he explained, before confirming the capability to Eurogamer.

"They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation."

Eurogamer later heard from a separate Sony source that the patent that started rumours of second-hand games being blocked didn't in fact relate to PS4.

Yoshida was less transparent on the European release date however. While the date is set for Christmas for the US and Japan, Europe has traditionally seen a later release for consoles.

"Europe is an enormously important market," he said.

"That's no question. So I hope European consumers can play PS4 as soon as it's available somewhere, but I'm not making promises."

PlayStation 3 launched in Europe a full four months after the US and Japan, and fans will be keen to hear reassurance the same delays won't happen again.

"For one thing the system has to be complete and we have to understand the manufacturing pace of it. Then we have to kind of look at the demand predictions and we have to decide whether we can go global or like [the rumour]. So it takes more time for us to know that."

10 Comments

Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer

482 293 0.6
Well that's one PR disaster averted. I know that retail would have had a fit were this actually true. Why stock a console that will make you nothing and would block a very lucrative and necessary side of your retail business.

I know that the only reason I buy so may new games is because I am able to re-coup some of the money selling back my used ones. If I had to fork out 100% cost each time I would buy far fewer games simply because the cost is already pretty prohibitive.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Peter Dwyer on 21st February 2013 11:16am

Posted:A year ago

#1

Brian Smith Artist

198 91 0.5
Good news on the used games. Personally I'd like to hear more talk on the digital side though as there's still far too much vageness in the ownership of content when digital only. If any of the consoles had transferable digital content on the agenda I'd buy that one.

Posted:A year ago

#2
Indeed. Good news on the used games but WHHHY why 4 months later in Europe. Go for a all territories global nuclear launch at the same time!

Posted:A year ago

#3

Brian Smith Artist

198 91 0.5
Maybe we'll see them on kickstarter... in order to get a quicker European release.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer

482 293 0.6
@Brian

"Maybe we'll see them on kickstarter... in order to get a quicker European release."

:) you know that deep down that statement is frighteningly believable.......

Posted:A year ago

#5

Peter Paninar Artist

35 3 0.1
This is really good news but they need to address the pricing for digital.. Why are they sold for the ridiculous RRP of 50 or 60 when you can buy physical copy on day 1 for 38~ on amazon or in supermarkets and even the expensive Game sells them cheaper than PSN Store.. and with physical copy being more valuable than digital as you can sell it and play it on any ps3 I really dont understand what are they trying to accomplish with that pricing on PSN.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Brian Smith Artist

198 91 0.5
@Peter D... Yes, although it'd be extremely funny to see Andrew house on a vid saying... 'With your help and 50 million others we can make this happen'

@Peter P Totally agree. Would like to see them allow transferable downloads too. Even in a limited fashion, just not as limited as it is.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

1,200 1,017 0.8
I will play used games.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Sam Maxted Journalist / Community / Support

155 65 0.4
Good news on the used games
Definitely. This is the news I was waiting for most from the presentation, truth be told. Going after consumers is the wrong way to do things - agreements need to be reached with retailers to give discounts on wholesale prices in exchange for a cut of used sales.

The only away I could see stopping the sale of used games being successful, is if prices for new titles came down across the board.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Sam Maxted on 21st February 2013 6:04pm

Posted:A year ago

#9

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,195 1,169 0.5
That means they were listening after all. I know the PS Blog boards were filled with users not happy at the rumors and just about everywhere else I looked, the number of users having major issues with blocking used software outnumbered those who jumped on the anit-used bandwagon (which had three broken wheels from the beginning)...

Posted:A year ago

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