Sony has registered a patent that would allow it to block second hand games from being played on consoles. Of course this may just be an attempt to block other companies from doing something similar, or a way to resell its tech elsewhere, but likely we’ll see this implemented in the next PlayStation.
If the game is found to have been registered to a different console, then it simply won’t work. The patent notes that this is a better solution than an online pass, since it doesn’t require internet connectivity. It’s also said that this technology could limit the number of uses any piece of software has, instead of just the number of registrations.
While this is a worrying development and the holy grail for some developers which have been pushing for this sort of incorporation in consoles for some time, with the increasing move to digital, this sort of tech will become completely antiquated in a few years anyway.
KitGuru Says: Despite that though, I don’t know how companies can get away with these sorts of implementations. Surely it’s anti-competitive and worthy of legal action? It’s a direct attack to infringe upon the freedoms of the second hand industry, one that is worth over a billion pounds a year. Surely the second hand game sellers should be standing up to this sort of tech?