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Sony Patent Details Method on Blocking Used Games

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RFID tag will prevent the console's owners from playing second hand games.

According to a Sony patent related to near field communication (NFC) technology, the company could suppress used games to run on the PlayStation 4.

A patent application filed by Sony Japan for NFC technology points towards the a console not allowing its users to play second hand games. The way the console will be able to enforce the rule is Sony supplying an RF tag with each copy of a physical game, which will remember if a game has been associated to a different console or user account.

Consequently, the PlayStation 4 won't be required to be connected to the internet to determine whether a user has inserted a second hand game.

Relevant details pertaining to the patent is as follows:

According to the present embodiment, realized is the electronic content processing system that reliably restricts the use of electronic content dealt in the second-hand markets. As a result, the dealing of electronic content in the second-hand markets is suppressed, which in turn supports the redistribution of part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers. Though in the following description a game application (AP) is exemplified as the electronic content, the present embodiment is similarly applicable to various kinds of electronic content such as an office suite, images, and music content.

By employing the game playing system 1000 according to the present embodiment, the use permission tag 220 together with the game disk 210 is supplied to the user, and the use permission tag 220 actively determines the use permit/rejection of electronic content. Thereby, the use of game AP stored in the game disk 210 can be restricted as appropriate according to the attribute of a reproduction device. Consider, for example, a case where used is a game package 200 distributed in the second-hand market. Then the ID of reproduction device for the game disk 210 differs from the legitimate use device ID stored in the use permission tag 220, so that the game disk can be reproduced in a mode which is predetermined for those bought and sold in the second-hand market. Also, for example, a content key may be supplied to the reproduction device 130 and the encrypted game AP may be decrypted using the content key only if the reproduction device ID matches a legitimate use device ID. Hence, use of game APs bought and sold in the second-hand market can be eliminated.
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    azraa , January 3, 2013 10:33 PM
    Well, this is some bullshit.
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    BigBodZod , January 3, 2013 10:35 PM
    I can see this having a negative impact on sales for the console let alone games being sold.

    Not sure I would want to upgrade to a PS4 now with this kind of possibility on the horizon.

    But it goes to show you how locked into a console you can be.
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    bustapr , January 3, 2013 11:03 PM
    comes the ps4 and I buy it and a bunch of games. after a few months Ive made quite a collection of games. then my ps4 breaks and I have to buy a new one. I pop in my favorite game, and its blocked due to this fancy new drm...

    I wonder how sony will fix this innevitable issue.

    when I had ps2, I had alot of used games. I had MGS2, GTA3, and ICO, and a bunch of others. If I hadnt bought any of these games used I can honestly say I wouldnt have bought MGS3, GTA:VC, GTA:SA, and Shadow of Collosus NEW on launch. I was dirt broke kid back then, so I bought what was cheap. And when I liked a game, I saved up money to play the games I knew were going to be good. So, if any kids are like I was, I believe Sony will lose alot more money than they would make by implementing this. also topping to this loss would be the people against this drm. this is fail waiting to happen.
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  • 24 Hide
    azraa , January 3, 2013 10:33 PM
    Well, this is some bullshit.
  • 23 Hide
    BigBodZod , January 3, 2013 10:35 PM
    I can see this having a negative impact on sales for the console let alone games being sold.

    Not sure I would want to upgrade to a PS4 now with this kind of possibility on the horizon.

    But it goes to show you how locked into a console you can be.
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    retrophe , January 3, 2013 10:36 PM
    Hmm . . . unless it's incorporated into the disk, you could buy a used game and chunk the case.
    But yes this is BS.
  • 13 Hide
    retrophe , January 3, 2013 10:38 PM
    just read it grrrr. its gonna take hacking the console to stop this
  • 6 Hide
    jakes69 , January 3, 2013 10:39 PM
    I guess this patent is good for other consoles...;-)
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    The-Darkening , January 3, 2013 10:42 PM
    This is crap, but digital games already don't let you sell them. I don't see why Sony would even bother. They can make a digital download console only and the result would be the same. I hope they fail miserably with this.
  • 10 Hide
    Anonymous , January 3, 2013 10:46 PM
    Next gen consoles are sooo dead on arrival...
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    azraa , January 3, 2013 10:48 PM
    This is a total gamechanger for games retailers. They buy used CDs for a share of the original so you can get a few more bucks for your next game. Now that method is void.

    BS all around, for the end consumer and the commercial area.
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    Branden , January 3, 2013 10:51 PM
    i've owned PS1, PS2, and PS3. gaming is expensive so i save where i can, which is why nearly all my games are second hand. if this is true then sony can count me out on the next round.

    the Ouya is looking better by the day.
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    ern88 , January 3, 2013 10:56 PM
    I am sure this feature will be hacked shortly when the PS4 is released!!!
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    m32 , January 3, 2013 11:03 PM
    Now your giving hackers an reason....... it isn't like they needed one ; )
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    bustapr , January 3, 2013 11:03 PM
    comes the ps4 and I buy it and a bunch of games. after a few months Ive made quite a collection of games. then my ps4 breaks and I have to buy a new one. I pop in my favorite game, and its blocked due to this fancy new drm...

    I wonder how sony will fix this innevitable issue.

    when I had ps2, I had alot of used games. I had MGS2, GTA3, and ICO, and a bunch of others. If I hadnt bought any of these games used I can honestly say I wouldnt have bought MGS3, GTA:VC, GTA:SA, and Shadow of Collosus NEW on launch. I was dirt broke kid back then, so I bought what was cheap. And when I liked a game, I saved up money to play the games I knew were going to be good. So, if any kids are like I was, I believe Sony will lose alot more money than they would make by implementing this. also topping to this loss would be the people against this drm. this is fail waiting to happen.
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    mman74 , January 3, 2013 11:09 PM
    This is so unfair. But still if they are going to do this, then at the very least reduce the price of games in the first place. It's the same with the games you download from the Playstation store. How can they possibly charge the same as the store price, when;
    - you can you usually buy it cheaper from a discount retailer
    - you get no physical media
    - there is no middle man bricks and mortar retailer
    - the game takes up more space on your HDD
    - like this new patent, you cannot transfer the game to the new machine if your machine dies or you sell it for the newer slimmer model
    I am against hacking machines and piracy but I am even more against console manufacturers screwing us like this.
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    abbadon_34 , January 3, 2013 11:14 PM
    They should a prohibition on used games and movies to the intro screen. See how people react.
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2013 11:15 PM
    No problem, just buy the title brand new 6 months to 1 year later when it is going for 50% off.
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2013 11:40 PM
    They took it too far, however this is not something to be adopted amongst publishers.

    Consumers should have the option of recoup lost money (most games don't warrant half the price it MSRP into new product prices) and that option is obviously 2nd hand trade-ins. Let along it is being transfered from a broken console to a new one within same person.

    I foresee NFC hacking coming.
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    mystwalker , January 3, 2013 11:46 PM
    Sony is NUTS!
    Hope this idea works for them because they will lose more customers and I will jump to another platform.
    There is NO WAY I am paying $50+ for any but a select few video games. Remove the "2nd hand market" and not many will buy non main stream titles. $50+ for game from little known developer is not worth it for me. $20-$30 - worthy of thought.
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    wlachan , January 3, 2013 11:56 PM
    Another reason SONY deserves going bankrupted.
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    popeyejohnson , January 4, 2013 12:08 AM
    they want more and more money for less and less stuff, and its the patent system that allows this to happen, raging at sony is misdirected, the correct thing to do is rage at the p,t,b, to get these nonsense laws changed, the correct action against sony is pirate the living death out of the company, abuse your position to get more of my money for less of your product? ok thats not fair, SO show them the ultimate in unfair takedowns, thats whats needed, massive movements against thosed who would rip you off
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 12:25 AM
    It doesn't matter. Just vote with your wallets. Also, this sounds easily hacked. Couldn't someone just browse a physical shop with an NFC reading device beside a new game and "play that code" back near the console?
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