Used Games will be Playable on PlayStation 4

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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Despite a plethora of rumours and a pretty ominous patent filed last month, it seems the PlayStation 4 will not prevent second-hand games from being played on it. In an interview with Eurogamer,¬†Shuhei Yoshida of Sony Worldwide Studios explained that there is no system in place that would render used games useless. When asked whether he believed it was up to the user what they did with their copy of a game after purchase, he explained that “they purchased a physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation.”

No doubt this comes as a huge relief to budget-conscious gamers who have a tough time paying $70 for a brand new disc. It’s no secret that companies like Gamestop and GAME get a pretty hefty chunk of their profits from the sale of pre-owned games so owners and employees are probably wiping the sweat off their collective brows as well.

The PlayStation 4 is expected to launch during the holiday season of this year. No exact date or a price has been revealed yet.

Are any of you planning to pick up a PS4 on launch, or even at all? Tell us why or why not below.


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  • You know, I understand that $70 is a lot of money to dish out for a new game, but it’s actually really nothing new.

    I paid $90 for the American “Final Fantasy II” when it came out on the SNES in 1991. in fact, MOST of the games that came out throughout the 80s and 90s ranged between $40-$90 dollars.

    I have to admit that, in my (relative) old age, I have come to enjoy the convenience of digital distribution, even if Nintendo is just figuring out how to play the game properly, with a severe learning curve.

    • Mizu D

      ditto, i remember back in 1992, 95CAD+TX for Street fighter 2

      I never was able to ask for any RPG since they are all in the in the 90-100 CAD+TX…

  • Spookyryu

    This is a relief for PS Fans, as a Nintendo Fan I hope this never happend to our consoles, now let’s see what is the strategy of Microsoft.

    • Elliot

      Yeah, Microsoft is probably freaking out right now. Nintendo will always be on top; simple innovations are good. Unless Sony and Microsoft try something HUGELY different, they can’t really compete…

  • John Ellis

    I’m really happy about this. I mostly buy games new, sometimes out of loyalty and others because of pre order incentives or just because I really want it. Having it possible that you can play a game that’s been out for a few years and can only find used and still use it.

  • -Majin-

    I’m not going to buy it day one, I learned the hard way of doing this is foolish.

  • Mizu D

    The feared have been squatted….for now! The balls is in MS court now.

    360 was my main 3rd party platform, will MS continue the streak with Durango? Or will they forced me to swap to PS4 down the road?

    • Lightthrower

      Since there’s hardly any exclusives on the 360, you’d better go with PS4 next.

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    This is great, yet they aren’t going to allow us to transfer our PSN purchases to the PS4… am I missing something?

  • KnightResillous

    I’m happy to hear this cause with the next gen I had planned on getting the Wii U (already have that) and the PS4, then rumors started swirling around that I won’t be able to buy used games and I got concerned about that. So it’s good to hear that I won’t have to worry about that… now all I have to do is worry about how much money I’m going to have to spend on this machine…. I pray that it’s $400 cause otherwise I won’t ask for it for a gift, or pay for it myself cause I’m a first year college student and money is a hard thing to come by.

  • Elliot

    No backwards compatibility? That’s pathetic. I can understand not playing PS1 or PS2 games (although that would be amazing), but it’s gotta play PS3 games. Unless they change that, I’ll probably never be picking one up.

    • There’s no cell.

      How on earth would PS3 games work?