Good news for millions – the Sony PlayStation 4 release date will NOT spell the end of the resale games industry.
Responding to a growing series of rumors and speculation from all over the consumer tech industry, Sony executives have this week passed comment on the pressing issue of whether or not resale games will be playable on the new PlayStation 4.
And the good news for those who prefer their PlayStation games pre-loved is that it looks like resale games will continue to function.
Sony’s Michael Denny went on record while speaking to CVG to say that the company had every intention of doing “the right thing” when quizzed about the PlayStation 4’s compatibility with used games. And while he didn’t go as far as offering a direct denial or confirmation of the rumors, he did say that Sony was well aware of the needs and desires of both consumers and developers and would therefore do what was best for both.
As such, it is largely certain that pre-owned games will continue to function as anything to the contrary would be 100% against the wished and needs of millions of consumers.
Along with the upcoming Xbox 720 from Microsoft, various supposed leaks had stated that the Sony PlayStation 4 would exist as an ‘always online’ console and would use such stringent piracy checks that only original store-bought games would work. This would mean that legitimate resale games would be entirely redundant to anyone other than their original owners and thus effectively wipe out the billion dollar games resale market across the world.
However, the immediate consumer backlash to the rumors alone indicated just how badly such a decision would have gone down, therefore it stands to reason that Denny’s comments pretty much rule out such an eventuality.
Sony spilled the beans on some of the PlayStation 4’s specs and features last week, though is yet to announce an official release date…or the price of the console…or given us an actual look at the thing!