Used games will play on the PS4

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The PlayStation 4 will support second-hand games, Eurogamer has reported.

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Xbox fans were dismayed earlier this month by a rumour that the Xbox 720 will require activation codes for purchased games, putting some serious brakes on the reselling market.

Since the games industry's attempts to combat piracy in the last few years have inconvenienced gamers quite a bit, we were concerned that the PlayStation 4 might implement something similar, especially given that this time last year, rumour had it that the PlayStation 4 would not allow used games at all.

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Apparently, the console will indeed play used games. When asked whether the expectation that a physical copy of a game would continue to have value, head of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida told gaming website Eurogamer, "Yes. That's the general expectation by consumers. They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation."

He added, "So, used games can play on PS4."

However, it might be a little too soon to celebrate. Last month a patent filed by Sony was uncovered that would require an activation code be purchased for each player ID. The abstract read, "A game playing system includes a use permission tag provided for use in a game disk for a user of a game, a disk drive, and a reproduction device for reproducing the game."

Sony's reasoning in this instance was that "it is vital to redistribute part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers", which is not an unfair assessment. However, if indeed this is how the company plans to implement support for used games on the PlayStation 4, the reception by gamers will hinge very much on how much they will be expected to pay for activation codes, and exactly how the proceeds will be distributed between the developers and Sony.

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all this shows me is they want to get rid of rental stores and stores like gamestop. having to buy an online code makes used games almost as much as new ones so now whats the point. if you have to pay for a code everytime you rent a new game gamers will never do it. wich sucks because so many games nowadays are bad like halo 4. basicly gamestop will just not accept used games anymore for the new systems they will figure it out real fast. the only thing stores will have now is the systems and the controllers and accesories because why buy hard copies of games anymore buying em will only give you promo codes if you pay for a pre-order. as a gamer this is a pretty big insult as they are basicly being paid twice. most games brought back are either bad or old or we beat them so fast its stupid those are used games. so why would we have to pay for it multiple times what if its a bad game and people keep buying the used copy and returning it there by making the next person a victem nlock buster and rogers have already all closed only willow video is still around and its sad really. then they make the ps4 not backwards compatable so all the ps3 games i did not buy on playstation network are basicly garbage. and if this is the case why make ps3 games at all. they will be badass too. its why i missed out on mortal kombat armegedon on x-box i new the next gens were coming. now theres a god of war just came out guess what if you buy it you wont be playing it verry long if you plan on getting the next gen system

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