So this has been one of the major points of contention as we ran through all the rumors leading up to today’s PlayStation 4 announcement. There have been seemingly endless rumors that one or both of the major next generation consoles would feature a used game “blocking” feature. This would of course do serious damage to the business model of companies like Gamestop. Personally, I’ve always been against this, I feel like you if you pay your hard-earned money for something and then you decide you no longer want it, you should at least be able to attempt to recoup some of your cost if there is a market. Well there is definitely a huge used games market, it’s the reason why companies like Gamestop not only exist, but thrive. I mean back in the day, how many of you just had games stacked up in boxes or crates that you didn’t play but didn’t have a decent way to get rid of either? In comes Gamestop and other companies and suddenly we had something to do with all our old games. The fact that the companies were evening thinking about it made me mad, I mean I can resell a car for goodness sakes, but they want to tell me I can’t resell a video game? But I digress.
It appears that all the fuss may have been for not as Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has told Eurogamer that the PlayStation 4 will not block used games. Eurogamer sat down with Yoshida a few hours after the PS4 reveal and asked him point-blank would the PS4 block used games and he said no.
That’s all I really needed to know, with Sony seemingly putting it out there, it’s going to make it hard for Microsoft to try and sell the feature without losing a lot of customers so it seems that at least for one more generation we’ll avoid the used game block. Eurogamer noted that Yoshida had to consult his advisor but initially definitely said that PS4 games would indeed be able to play used games.
The bottom line for Sony is that him saying that used games won’t be blocked is now out into the interwebs and if they try to renig on this statement, the collective wrath of the entire Internet will come down upon them. Ok, so maybe not but it’ll be bad for them.