Shuhei Yoshida may of just confirmed that the Playstation 4 will not block used games. Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, he was asked the question which has been on many consumers minds whether or not the PS4 will block used games. Sony did patent the idea of blocking used games, whether or not that it will be implemented on the PS4 is another matter.
Eurogamer: One of the questions my readers really want an answer to is whether you’re going to block the use of second-hand or ‘used’ games, because it’s a huge concern for them.
Shuhei Yoshida Do you want us to do that?
Eurogamer: No. I think if you buy something on a disc that you have a kind of moral contract with the person you’ve bought it from that you retain some of that value and you can pass it on. Do you agree?
Shuhei Yoshida Yes. That’s the general expectation by consumers. They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation.
Eurogamer: So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, you’re not going to stop them reselling it?
Shuhei Yoshida Aaaah. [Asks PR adviser.] So what was our official answer to our internal question? [Consults adviser.] So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?
You can read the full interview with Shuhei Yoshida & Eurogamer here.