All the speculation can finally be put to rest. Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed with Eurogamer that the PlayStation 4 will be able to support the secondhand market.
Fears arose when rumors hit the Internet regarding Microsoft’s upcoming next-generation console blocking the use of used video games. Sony also holds the patent on new technology that will be able to tie discs to specific users. But, with Yoshida’s confirmation also comes a huge sigh of relief.
“That’s the general expectation by consumers. They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation.”
Whew, that is the one piece of information that I was most anxious about throughout the whole press conference, and it was put to rest shortly afterwards.
Good news for those of us who enjoy shopping around for the chance to pay below retail price. Maybe buying used games at GameStop has never been my preferred method, unless it’s during one of their Holiday Buy 2 Get 1 Free sales, but the used markets on Amazon and eBay have kept me supplied with my games while living abroad for the past five years.
I wonder how Microsoft will respond to not only this confirmation but the bitterness gamers feel behind their rumors.