The next iteration for the Sony’s PlayStation, PS4 has many rumors surrounding it. While most are about the exciting new features to be included in the device, there are some disheartening ones too. The most notable of those is that the PS4 might mark the end of circulation of used games in the PlayStation Network.
It has been in the grapevine that the next Xbox would also ensure that the games get tied to one account, bringing an end to the second-hand gaming market. In that sense, it is not a surprise that Sony would also implement the same sort of monopoly for PS4 games. There has, of course, been no official word on the matter, but an interesting patent application has been discovered.
According to the patent, Sony has designed an electronic content processing system, which would restrict the use of the second hand PS4 games. This would probably be affected by attaching some sort of identifying tags to PS4 discs which could identify if the game has been played with someone else’s account.
If PS4 really includes this feature, it would call for huge backlash from the users. Most of the gamers are already deterred by the cost they have to incur to play games online, in addition to the bucks that they have to shell to buy them. This new system would certainly reduce the number of gamers, because a substantial number of players depend on the used games market to play premium games. It has long been debated how much the second-hand gaming market affects the industry. There have been claims that the second hand market more detrimental than piracy, though there has not been any conclusive evidence for it.