Sony probably won’t be winning any new supporters with its newest patent, possibly making the concept of selling used games obsolete.
This new technology allows a console to tag a game and check, whether it’s being used on other consoles or on other people’s accounts. If it is, the playback may be disallowed.
Time will tell if this is actually going to be one of the new features of PS4, or if Sony will bend against the outcry of consumers. Disallowing used games would be a big blow, affecting everyone from users to retailers to game tournament organizers.
Sony’s rationalization has to do with redistributing the sales proceeds more towards developers, but one has to wonder if used games are actually as big of a problem as they say.
You can check out the full patent application here.
Source: ZoKnowsGaming.com, FPO