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Sony Patent Details Method on Blocking Used 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: