Sony: PS4 Will not Block Used Games, Always-Online Not Mandatory

Two of the biggest concerns of the next generation of consoles were centered around the fear that they would block used games, thus prohibiting gamers from not only purchasing second-hand products, but from taking their game to a friend’s house. The other major concern was that the system would require a constant, uninterrupted online connection, which would prohibit any play offline play – this of course was a dangerous prospect for those with substandard internet service or none at all.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida dished on both subjects. After consulting a public reactions representative for some quick advice, Yoshida stated straight-forward that, “used games can play on PS4.” However, with no official mention of this feature at the meeting, many are still skeptical. Yoshida gave a more in-depth answer as to the company’s stance on having an always-online connection:

“you can go offline totally. Social is big for us, but we understand there are some people who are anti-social! So if you don’t want to connect to anyone else, you can do that.”

While the question regarding a constant online connection being required has essentially been answered, it seems more likely that Sony will soon announce that Gaikai will be their answer to backwards compatibility for old used games, while it looks like used PS4 hard copies will be fully playable across all systems.

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  • …for now.

    • Ludakriss

      xDD you really made it look mysterious xD ‘Tis cool.

  • J.R

    Sony would never in their life bet on the aspect of “banning used game” because some of their major distributors such as Gamestop/EB games make a huge amount from used game sales and if Sony ever decided to pull a fast one over Gamestop then all it would take is one word from their representative stating “we refuse to shelve your console or any game on your platform” and that would be the last thing we would hear of it. I believe we have nothing to fear from the whole “banned used games on next-gen console” so people should stop stressing out and look forward to (or concerned) to what the next gen consoles have instore for us.