New Sony Patent Blocks Second Hand Games

grumpy_new_yorkergrumpy_new_yorker Reppin' The 631Posts: 5,354 ✭✭✭✭✭
Sony has reportedly patented technology that will prevent the use of second hand games on consoles.

According to NeoGAF member gofreak, the patent application was filed on 9 December 2012 by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, and will work by linking individual game discs to a user's account without requiring a network connection meaning any future attempt to use this disc on another user's console won't work.

The patent explains that games will come with contactless tags that will be read by your console in much the same way as modern bank cards. When a disc is first used, the disc ID and player ID will be stored on the tag. Every time the disc is used in future, the tag will check if the two ID’s match up and, if not, then the disc won’t work.

The document goes on to explain that such a device is part of Sony's ongoing efforts to deter second-hand games sales, and is a far simpler solution than always-on DRM or passwords.

It's worth noting that Sony has not confirmed the existence of the device, and the patent doesn't state what machine it will be used in, with later paragraphs also mentioning accessories and peripherals.

It does raise some concerns though. Firstly, the impact on game rental stores would be catastrophic as surely this means they'd no longer be able to do business? Given publishers' usual desire to keep retailers sweet by not undercutting them on prices and the like, this would be an unusual move.

There's also the issue of what happens should your console break and need replacing, or if you have more than one console. Will the games be linked to your PSN account, meaning they can still be used, or the console, meaning an entire new library of titles would need to be purchased?

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/03/report-new-sony-patent-blocks-second-hand-games
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  • CottonCitySlimCottonCitySlim Posts: 5,136 ✭✭✭✭✭
    same shit windows and pc games already does...microsoft finna follow suit and soon other like movie companies will follow suit
  • joshuaboyjoshuaboy Posts: 10,855 ✭✭✭✭✭
    same shit windows and pc games already does...microsoft finna follow suit and soon other like movie companies will follow suit


    Already been announced for next Xbox. Sony followed suit
  • _Jay__Jay_ Posts: 2,594 My Name Is My Name.
    Smh, this is dumb on their part (Microsoft's as well)...
  • ragerage Posts: 5,858 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Down goes Consoles....down goes consoles....wtf are these niggas thinking!! As it is their getting their ass handed to them by iOS and Android. Now this??
    Miltown Marauderkanggoodie
  • KINGECKINGEC Posts: 5,982 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Dumb as fuck
  • KillaChamKillaCham M0D SQUAD™ Posts: 8,705 Regulator
    Guess the developers want their money. Sucks for the consumer but it's great for them.
  • VIBEVIBE Awww Yeeaah! Posts: 40,594 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What about rentals?
    genocidecutter
  • VIBEVIBE Awww Yeeaah! Posts: 40,594 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Gamefly is fucked if this ends up true.
    CJRawAceAmotekunROZAYTABERNACLE
  • Breezy_KilroyBreezy_Kilroy Posts: 6,909 ✭✭✭✭✭
    that's backwards hustling. they thought they were losing money before, console gaming will really be on the decline if they decide to use this technology. they about to put a lot of companies out of business as well. gamefly is goat so that's some bullshit.
    genocidecuttertha bauseaka_OG
  • tha bausetha bause Posts: 1,570 ✭✭✭✭✭
    J-Breezy wrote: »
    that's backwards hustling. they thought they were losing money before, console gaming will really be on the decline if they decide to use this technology. they about to put a lot of companies out of business as well. gamefly is goat so that's some bullshit.

    GOAT for the sig. Didn't read shit no offense
    funkdocdamcStoneColdMikeyMiltown Marauder
  • jee504jee504 Posts: 3,287 ✭✭✭✭✭
    this shit sucks. i bring my madden 13 by my cuz every other week and we play game after game. that's gonna come to a halt. smh.
    they should just leave things how they are. at the best if these game companies wanna try and make their money off of used games then just use the that online pass you have to buy if its used.
    i mean a lot of these games don't come with demos. people aren't gonna wanna take that risk. i know i'm not esp. if its a new game. so what happens if you buy a game and don't like it. shit i guess you're stuck with it. can't trade it in nor sell it to anyone else
  • The RecipeThe Recipe Posts: 3,944 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They are really hurting themselves people will just by less games per year, I for one can play a Quality FPS with good content drops all year round and maybe 1 solid RPG and I am good. Game sells will drop drastically and maybe cause developers to make better games because most people will only buy the very best games.
    genocidecutterStoneColdMikeyAmotekun
  • RawAceRawAce Posts: 3,794 ✭✭✭✭✭
    looks like im gonna be waiting for the price to drop on everything except GTA

    im not takin 60 dollar chances on new games.
    every purchase I have made has been dude to gettin to try the game out on gamefly first but this new shit is about to ruin all that
  • earth two supermanearth two superman ladies please dont fight. E2S is here all night! Posts: 16,523 Regulator
    u all do know this rumor comes about every month just to get debunked a week later...
    Karl.
  • StoneColdMikeyStoneColdMikey I am what the people need. MIKEYFORMOD CHITOWN THE BEST TOWNPosts: 23,417 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Next gen systems might take the free-to-play route but idk.
    genocidecutter
  • Mdizzle9000Mdizzle9000 Posts: 8,243 ✭✭✭✭✭
    if ps4 and xbox whogivesafuck9000 do some shit like this i'll just buy a wii u. fuck it. zelda>>>>
    RawAceROZAYTABERNACLE
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