Sony exec on PS4 pre-owned games: 'We will do the right thing'

A Sony Computer Entertainment exec has said the platform holder is mindful of both the desires of consumers and game developers in relation to the use - and potential blocking - of pre-owned games on PS4.

Read Full Story >>
The story is too old to be commented.
abzdine1914d ago

next Xbox will be dead on arrival if it doesnt accept used games.
Yoshida confirmed PS4 will play preowned games, so what is the problem?

donman11914d ago

The bigger issue here is how will I be able to play my PS3 games on PS4 without it costing me to do so. Sony needs to address this at their E3 conference. Repaying for a game you paid full retail price on will not be acceptable.

SpringHeeledJack1914d ago

I know a wacky but very difficult solution to this....just keep your ps3 duh. Next gen is not for you if the most important thing is to play last gen games. Get a ps4 when you're ready to play ps4 games simples.

Jamaicangmr1914d ago

I own 20+ - 30 PS3 games so bc on the PS4 would be a great feature. However it wont play my discs and we will have to accept that. Backwards compatibility is a bonus feature not a requirement. Sony wont owe you sh!t they sold you PS3 games to play on ur PS3 thats their only legal obligation to us. So again playing ur PS3 games on ur PS4 would be a bonus. If you have to subscribe to PSN+ in order to play them consider it an option because thats all it is.

Now stop this constant whining, i swear some of you just seek out crap to complain about void of logical thought.


Im going to do my breathing exercises.

ps4uk1914d ago

I know it would be ideal to have backwards compatibility, but i would think about keeping the ps3 hooked up, using the ps4 less and prolonging its life.

2pacalypsenow1914d ago

Simple just play them on your Ps3

Phaqutomb1914d ago (Edited 1914d ago )

when I get sick of a game I trade it in so i don't care about b/c. if I want to play a ps3 game I will just keep my ps3. If i can go back into my psn download and down load the full games i bought that would be great .. but lets be honest am i going to redownload poker,bowling, i am alive and what ever else i bought. I dont think i will waste my time to be honest. I will be busy downloading new content

EbeneezerGoode1914d ago (Edited 1914d ago )

THAT is NOT the bigger issue!

BC is a niche, a bloody niche!!! Nobody goes out to buy a £400 NEW console to play OLD games on!
This whining is just a point of entitlement and something OLDER gamers never had so don't care about!

When I moved from Atari VCS to ZX spectrum? no BC when I moved from ZX to Amiga? NO bc, when I moved from Amiga to Snes/PS1? NO BC, when I moved to PC/Gamecube? NO BC, when I moved to XBox360/PS3 no BC (with my previous systems) and at NO POINT did that fact ever put me off wanting to buy into the new generation and NEW games.

In fact I STILL have my gamecube in a cupboard - but it would look like ass on my 51" plasma :P

I have two PS3s and can easily keep one for my old favourites - not a problem.

Even if I got rid of both, I'd get over it.

NOBODY ever said a console HAS to have backwards compatibility. They didn't used to years ago so why these days just because a few DID it (almost as a bonus) does it now become a feature that makes or breaks a purchase? it makes zero sense!

What next? an update to allow PS3 to play future PS4 games? /facepalm

donman11914d ago


So to follow your logic vs putting pressure on the company to make their new console backward compatitble, you should own all previous generation consoles. So I take it you still own the PS2 (to play PS2 games), the PS3 (to play PS3 games) and then soon to own the PS4. Plus they are all connected to your TV/Monitor. Seriously.... how crazy is that???

Knight_Crawler1914d ago

To all the people saying just use your PS3, what if it breaks...should he have to buy another PS3 just to enjoy his large library of awesome PS3 games.

BitbyDeath1914d ago

@donman1, why not just trade them all in and play PS4 games, or not trade them in and move up once you are ready to move on?

@knight_crawler, he could buy another PS3 if he chooses to do so, or he could sell his PS3 games at that time and move onto newer games.

+ Show (7) more repliesLast reply 1914d ago
GribbleGrunger1914d ago

Look, I'm a Sony fan, but for the love of God don't believe the 720 rumours. Microsoft are savvy when it comes to giving their fanbase what they want and they're excellent at advertising. Do you honestly believe that they'll say 'screw you' to their loyal fans? Not a chance. That would be suicide and MS know that.

sway_z1914d ago (Edited 1914d ago )


'Microsoft are savvy when it comes to giving their fan base what they want....'

Like really???

Tell that to the 360 owners who have had zero new IP's from this 'savvy, always giving their consumers what they want' company you speak of?

They already said 'Screw you' years ago when they charged you a subscription on top of a subscription (Netflix/Sky/Simple and free else where Catch up TV), barring UK's BBC iplayer service, and ONLY Because BBC UK wouldn't let MS have it if they didn't allow free access.

Seriously, dude ...where have you been living? the cloud?

*Disagree all you want...not one thing I stated is non-factual. Xbox turned out to be the most costly console to own this gen...equate costs of services over 7 years and you see how stung their consumers are. Don't make me even get into RROD and expensive HDD's and the FACT that to this date MS STILL charge for on line play.

I think Midnight is brainwashed.

Ahhh, I guess ignorance really is bliss ;/

joeorc1914d ago

100% agreement

this is the same type of viral rumor shift across the internet as was Sony will charge for their online network, as a premium service just to play online games.

Now this very same RUMOR viral infection is moving on and on about How Microsoft is going to stop used game's.

I mean Come on, at least wait to see it if its true or not, which i doubt very much that it is, can it happen, maybe, but [email protected] at least people could wait to see it it does before jumping down Microsoft's throat about it.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1914d ago

Your SDF is showing Sway Z. We already have the better 3rd party games, MORE 3rd party games, and from what I've seen on metacritic recently. There is less than 3 exclusive PS3 games rated 90 or above, that separate that from the 360.

Oh no.. that's so many more quality exclusives I'm missing. Oh wait.. unless I have both consoles, which I do. But even if I didn't, MS only people are only missing Uncharted and God of War. Forza is better and rated better than GT this gen... don't forget that. Multiple times.

So many new ip's recently for the PS3 that are lighting up the charts huh? No not really. All these games, like the 360 ones, have a part 2 after them.. or part 3... part 4. You even have another Killzone game, and another Infamous game shown for PS4...

Keep talking about all these exclusive IP's, that don't ever rank above a 90 overall...

Sephiroushin1914d ago (Edited 1914d ago )


3rd party developers make games on the 360 and port them to the PS3, that's one of the reason why they're better rated and it's not the case for every game!

And rating this gen means nothing for many gamers; if I'm not wrong one of the COD was rated better than any XBOX360 exclusives, and COD is not better ... I trust a youtuber that post walkthrough/gameplay videos more than I'd trust most reviewers, especially reviewers from top sites or magazines; the final score they give games sometimes do not match or make sense with their own reviews... If rating tell you which games to get and or are good then you're doing it wrong!

Ah, Forza is not better than GT, not even his commuunity is better than GT's community and I don't care which has better reviews.

On topic, I don't see Microsoft blocking used games; that would be a pretty bad move, and would only hurt the company that choose to ban used games, to be honest I don't see used games getting banned from the market until games go all digital, where "used games" won't exist.

Revolver_X_1914d ago

Its funny to hear an Xbot like Midnight insult sequels. Out of the 4 exclusive IP's Xbox has, one has already reserved the rights for part 5, 6, and 7 (Halo).

Muerte24941914d ago

Forza didn't run a 1080p. Forza only sold a fraction of what Gt5 sold.

On topic: I don't really think Microsoft is going to block used games. I think everyone recognizes the sort of backlash you get from it. I like Online Pass because it causes two things to happen. Gamestop either drop their prices for used games (only $5 difference), or people end up buying new. I usually buy new anyway so this doesn't affect me in the least.

+ Show (3) more repliesLast reply 1914d ago
otherZinc1914d ago

I have no idea why people hang on the accusation that M$ is going to do away with used games?! That's ridiculous.

If anything, SONY will do away with used games 1st. SONY already did this with the new PS3's. Theres no backwards compatibility on the new PS3's, unless you buy collectors copies of the same game you purchased years prior.

Meanwhile, M$'s new 360 is still backwards compatible with its XBOX game...!

There are several great games I still play on my 360 from the past. It isn't that I'd play old games right away. I would play them months later.

CGI-Quality1914d ago (Edited 1914d ago )

Help me understand what backwards compatibility has to do with used games. You combined to things that have zero bearing on each other. Just because Sony disabled PS2 BC on newer PS3 models doesn't mean they'll stop supporting used games.

And from where I'm sitting, the PS3 has continued to live without much hassle, despite the loss of PS2 BC.

Cupid_Viper_31914d ago

"If anything, SONY will do away with used games 1st. SONY already did this with the new PS3's. Theres no backwards compatibility on the new PS3's, unless you buy collectors copies of the same game you purchased years prior."

Or.... you can use your PS2 that Sony have supported for years, right?

welcome to my ignore list buddy.

G20WLY1914d ago

What has backwards compatability got to do with used games?

kenshiro1001914d ago

Anything to take a swing at Sony, huh?

Revolver_X_1914d ago

Other then AAA Xbox games, which you can count on your fingers, no Xbox game runs properly on 360. Neither KOTOR works, any small budget game doesnt work. But you can play Halo and Fable, and thats good BC, right? I wanna blast that last bubble.

+ Show (2) more repliesLast reply 1914d ago
DarkBlood1914d ago

i own 94 ps3 games and well if the ps4 doesnt play them directly then meh, not a problem i have a ps3 and a phat one thats suffered the ylod that can always get repaired plus i plan to get more ps3s later down the road sometime after the ps4 anyways

+ Show (1) more replyLast reply 1914d ago
MAULxx1914d ago (Edited 1914d ago )

It may indeed play used games but there maybe a fee involved to do so or some sort of extra charge.

Another thing is ... what are developers going to do next gen? Locked out MP is ongoing now so what next?

Im going to require all these details before I jump into next gen. I started out excited about PS4 but now it's more of a waiting game to find out what Sony & developers have planned.

Like I've said before... I have alternatives for gaming & alternatives to gaming if need be.
I guess the masses will keep paying no matter how many fees there are & how many activation codes they have to enter but, I won't.

TongkatAli1914d ago

It doesn't matter Sony. You will get hated on.

LightofDarkness1914d ago

You know it won't be. They'll pretty much just not mandate anything, most likely. They'll likely leave it up to publishers to institute an activation fee if they so please, and they may set a limit on what that fee can be, but that's as far as they'll go.

It's completely ridiculous to expect people to pay you more than once for the same product, it does not happen in any other industry, and it's actually now illegal in Europe (people are allowed to sell their license to digital content just as they can with physical).

rainslacker1914d ago

If they left it up to publishers I would be OK with that. I'd be very interested to see how that plays out with the consumers. If people accept it, then you can expect everyone to jump on board, and likely next gen will not allow it. If there is a huge backlash with people actually standing by their convictions and not purchasing a game because of it then maybe this whole argument can finally die.

While I don't buy many used current gen games, I do like being able to find an older title that I missed. Look at any game this gen that came out over 2 years ago and see how easy they are to find new, particularly in certain Genre's like JRPG, niche action titles, and titles that didn't sell well at first. Amazon isn't bad, but doesn't lend itself to impulse purchases like I would have at GameStop, and I have to actively search out a particular title if I want it new(which I do sometimes).

I guess my biggest problem with this whole debate is I haven't seen any hard numbers on how much used game sales actually take away from the publisher or developer. I'm having a hard time believing that newer games are so negatively affected by them, and with older games(2+ years) I doubt the publisher even cares anymore since they aren't really providing games that old anyways. If I could walk into a retail store and see a large majority of older games for any system then I wouldn't care. But that's just not the case. In the cases where both used and new are on the shelf, I always opt for new.

CatXFlash1914d ago

The right thing is to not block them.

Show all comments (64)
The story is too old to be commented.