Pre-Owned Game-Blocking Tech Patented By Sony

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Pre-owned games could be a thing of the past

Pre-owned games could be a thing of the past

In a move some of us always knew would make its way to the surface, tech giant Sony has filed a patent for technology designed to make pre-owned games obsolete and thus kill the used game market.

News of the patent broke on NeoGaf forums, with NFC-style technology mentioned, basically allowing the console to tag the game inserted to the disk drive and determine if it has been played on different consoles or on other people’s accounts. If it does notice these traits then it has the option to disallow playback of the disk.

News of this tech was mentioned before with rumors it will feature on Sony’s PlayStation 4 hitting the web, along with a range of other new features. The patent states:

“According to the present embodiment, realized is the electronic content processing system that reliably restricts the use of electronic content dealt in the second-hand markets.”

“As a result, the dealing of electronic content in the second-hand markets is suppressed, which in turn supports the redistribution of part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers.”

The most prominent downfall will come to game retailers such as GameStop and GAME, who make a considerable amount of their money from the selling of pre-owned titles. Other patents have also been unearthed, with one in particular stopping your game and displaying adverts, one which gamers will surely have none of!

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James McDonald
When not fighting crime, I dabble in the art of online journalism. Alright, maybe it's not as exciting as headbutting everyday felons like a modern Bruce Wayne, but I need something that doesn't involve bludgeoning something. Get my kicks playing on a fat 80gb PS3, really need an upgrade......and a shave.
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