Pre-Owned Games On The Endangered List?


It’s been no secret that the games industry, on the whole, dislikes the sale of second hand games, however up until now few methods beyond the use of the humble CD keys have been implemented to combat the trading in of games. Sony may be planning to change that though if, a recently filed patent revealed on NeoGAF is to be believed.
“According to the present embodiment, realized is the electronic content processing system that reliably restricts the use of electronic content dealt in the second-hand markets. As a result, the dealing of electronic content in the second-hand markets is suppressed, which in turn supports the redistribution of part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers. Though in the following description a game application (AP) is exemplified as the electronic content, the present embodiment is similarly applicable to various kinds of electronic content such as an office suite, images, and music content.”
Put simply all games played, presumably on the PS4 would be registered to the individual console or user account they were first used on. If said game was then sold on, aspects (read multiplayer and or signal player modes) would be locked out to the second buyer, perhaps for good or until the new owner purchased an unlock code online, much like THQ did in back in 2010 with UFC Undisputed. It should be stated though that none of this is guaranteed. A  patent doesn’t mean Sony are about to block pre-owned games, it just means their thinking about it.

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