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PS4: Sony's position on used games isn't final

26 February 2013

As if we don't have enough questions to ask about the PlayStation 4, Sony is creating yet, another one: What is the company's real stance on blocking used games?

After the PlayStation Meeting last Wednesday, the head of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer that the PS4 will allow used games to be played on it. Furthermore, Jack Tretton, head of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), said back in 2012 that blocking used games would be a bad choice.

According to analyst Michael Pachter, "He [Tretton] said, 'for the record, I'm totally opposed to blocking used games. I think it's great for the consumer that they can buy those. We have a customer that buys our console late in the cycle, pays less, is looking for value priced games, and I think it would be anti-consumer for us to do that'."

Now, this is where it gets confusing. In an interview with NowGamer, Sony U.K. boss Fergal Gara admits that, "The answer to the pre-owned question isn’t clarified just yet and we’re working through that and we’ll announce our position in more detail as and when we can."

This almost contradicts what Yoshida-san and Tretton said and creates even more confusion among gamers. Sony has to understand that blocking used games is a huge topic and now that the spotlight is back on them for this comment, it only adds more pressure.

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