We can finally put this ridiculous rumor to rest now as it has been confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will play used games. Earlier in the year, rumors started going around the web that the PlayStation 4 will feature a technology that would essentially prevent it from playing used games.
But in an interview with Eurogamer‘s Tom Bramwell, Shuhei Yoshida of Sony’s Worldwide Studios was asked about it the subject matter, here’s what he had to say:
“Do you want us to do that?” he asked.
No, I said. I think, if you buy something on a disc, that you have a kind of moral contract with the person you’ve bought it from that you retain some of that value and you can pass it on.
Do you agree, I asked?
“Yes. That’s the general expectation by consumers,” said Yoshida. “They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation.”
So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, I asked, you’re not going to stop them reselling it?
“Aaaah,” was Yoshida’s initial answer, but seemingly only because he’d forgotten his line. “So what was our official answer to our internal question?” he asked his Japanese PR advisor. The advisor stepped in but didn’t seem to answer clearly, at least to my ears. Yoshida then took control again firmly:
“So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?”
So there you have it folks, the PS4 will let you play your used games. Now let’s hope that it’s the same thing for Microsoft and their next console.