Sony files patent for pre-owned games block

Sony Computer Entertainment moves to hamper sales of pre-owned games?

A patent filed by Sony for technology that tags videogames that have been used on different consoles has renewed fears the PS4 will block pre-owned games

Sony has filed a patent that has rekindled rumours about supposed plans the console manufacturer has to block PS4 users from playing pre-owned games.

The patent, spotted by a forum member on NeoGaf, is for technology capable of 'tagging' games with information, including whether or not they have been played on multiple machines or tied to different user accounts. The gaming system then checks the 'tags' before playing the game.

The information in the patent reads:

"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."

This technology, then, could potentially be used to block the playing of pre-owned games on multiple systems. This backs up rumours that have been circulating recently that the PS4 - or PS Orbis, as it's also been called - could effectively block players from playing second-hand games and make a major dent in pre-owned sales.