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Started by Garoth Moulinoski, January 04, 2013, 10:35:26 AM
Quotesilentbrad writes in with a story about a Sony patent that would block the playing of second-hand games."... the patent application was filed on 9 December 2012 by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, and will work by linking individual game discs to a user's account without requiring a network connection meaning any future attempt to use this disc on another user's console won't work. The patent explains that games will come with contactless tags that will be read by your console in much the same way as modern bank cards. When a disc is first used, the disc ID and player ID will be stored on the tag. Every time the disc is used in future, the tag will check if the two ID's match up and, if not, then the disc won't work. The document goes on to explain that such a device is part of Sony's ongoing efforts to deter second-hand games sales, and is a far simpler solution than always-on DRM or passwords. It's worth noting that Sony has not confirmed the existence of the device, and the patent doesn't state what machine it will be used in, with later paragraphs also mentioning accessories and peripherals. ... There's also the issue of what happens should your console break and need replacing, or if you have more than one console. Will the games be linked to your PSN account, meaning they can still be used, or the console, meaning an entire new library of titles would need to be purchased?"
Quote from: Nightcrawler on January 04, 2013, 01:08:20 PMused games ales
Quote from: Garoth Moulinoski on January 04, 2013, 03:09:18 PMBut... if you buy a used game, play it, sell it back to buy another used game, you're essentially doing nothing to support the developers/publishers.
Quote from: DankPanties on January 04, 2013, 11:40:43 AMI still haven't read Sony confirm or deny this accusation. It's still classified as a rumor right now.
Quote from: Nec5 on January 04, 2013, 05:35:28 PMThe Supreme Court was recently looking at a case about college textbooks where the publisher was suing a guy who bought the books cheaper from a foreign country and then sold them for profit over here as "used". The publisher claimed the person did not own the "text" and therefore could not sell it. The defense was that it was no different than a yard sale since the texts were paid for legitimately beforehand. I don't know what became of the case.
Quote from: BRPXQZME on January 04, 2013, 06:15:25 PMDo you really need Sony's say in it when the USPTO lists the application?
Quoteif you buy a used game, play it, sell it back to buy another used game, you're essentially doing nothing to support the developers/publishers.
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