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Submitted by pierce 619d ago | news

Analysts react to Sony's patent to block used games

Yesterday's news that Sony has filed a patent to block the use of pre-owned games has been met with strong criticism. (PS3, Sony)

Knight_Crawler  +   619d ago
I want Sony to know that I hate this idea. Sure, they might not use it. However, I want them to know that this is not okay with me at all before they try it. If they are exploring this technology, they need to know right now what kind of outrage it will cause.

Come on people put your console loyalty to one side and think what will happen if Sony does go through with this and convince MS to also do it...this will mean that you you actually do not fully own something that you have paid for.

The Berlin wall went down becuase people from both sides were sick of the government telling them what to do and what was right - band as one and let Sony know that this patent is madness and and even though they might not use it we do not even want it to be granted.

Should Toyota file a patent that will make your car only work with your DNA?
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Summons75  +   619d ago
Sony already said that they aren't using it so ranting about not fully owning game should be left to steam articles because there you truly do not own your games. You pay for the license.

Also that car idea sounds good acually to prevent car theft. Should do the same with guns too. Although any scifi/ future theme that uses that idea always has people hacking it.
rainslacker  +   619d ago
If they left it up to the publisher that would be fine with me. Some of those publisher could use a good slap back into reality. They may try it once...possibly twice, but would soon realize that it won't have the desired effect.
Reborn  +   619d ago
Lol, convince MS? Convince Nintendo? Devs? Publishers? If Sony have patented this specific idea. There's obviously some global discussion surrounding methods on how to reduce the amount of used games sales etc. That means key parties are involved. If anything, Sony are just putting themselves in a more influential position (if it ever happens).

I highly doubt they'll eventually use it. However, they're a business. Shareholders etc, will expect them to be prepared for the what may be coming. You would probably attempt to do the same (even if you knew what your consumers are thinking).
GribbleGrunger  +   619d ago
Bravo! What a refreshing post. Bubbles.

Edit: It's odd that the post I commend gets 4 agrees and I get 4 disagrees!

I don't feel loved any more ...
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admiralvic  +   619d ago
A lot of people have been saying things on both sides of the matter.

Some people act like the PS4 will INSTANTLY fail because Sony is 100% going to use it and others suspect this is just 1 of many patented things they probably won't ever implement. I wouldn't exactly say it's refreshing (hence the disagrees), but I would say I agree with their message.

As far as the topic...

I am quite mixed. I think Sony knows this would be suicide for whatever implements it, but we don't know how it will be implemented if at all. It could be like region codes on the PS3, where it is POSSIBLE to implement them, but only 1 (to my knowledge) has actually implemented it or it could be a new standard like trophies. It's also possible that this is merely the tech used on All-Stars, Ratchet and Clank and other cross buy titles (as I don't recall them patenting it... could be wrong), since this process links the disc to your account. Whatever it may or may not be, I think we will hit all digital before it actually gets implemented. Many systems are moving towards that and several gamers like it because they can easily play any number of games without needless steps.
MikeMyers  +   619d ago
What if this patent is to block others from doing such things? That would surely make Sony look like the hero in all of this.
ronin4life  +   619d ago
Because being "heroic" in this case brings in no money. Especially if someone else in the industry filed it so that they could use it, and suffered sales damage as a result... which would shift market share to Sony.

Basically, it wouldn't make sense to do that, and it wouldn't be worth the costs asociated...°A°/
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rainslacker  +   619d ago
For once I actually agree with Patcher. Although it didn't really take a genius to figure this out.
crackforgangstas  +   619d ago
BLAH BLAH, I'm tired of these stupid articles about this patent. It's just a freaking patent right now... Plus, the gaming industry has been very open about their distaste in the sales of secondhand games. A corporation being greedy? NO WAY!!
WeaseL  +   618d ago
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