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

February 21, 2013

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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David Rodriguez

David has been a gamer since childhood and enjoys games that are able to deliver fun and intricate gameplay alongside compelling and emotional narratives. He's also a huge fan of film, television, comic books, and literature. David has his B.A. in English Language Arts from CUNY John Jay College.

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