Next PlayStation to lock out used games - Report

Sony's 2013-dated new console supposedly code-named Orbis, will boast system that locks games to single PSN account; no backward compatibility for PS3 library planned.

Buckle up, Sony enthusiasts. A tipster has told Kotaku that the PlayStation 4 is named "Orbis" and that it will feature an anti-used-game system, offer no backward compatibility with PlayStation 3 titles, and ship in holiday 2013.

Orbis is just a code name…or is it?

As for the first part of the rumor, multiple sources told the blog that the Orbis will sport some sort of anti-used-game measure. Full Orbis games will be available via Blu-ray disc or as a PlayStation Network download and will be locked to a single PSN account. Players will not be able to circumvent the system by remaining offline, as the source said users will be forced to be connected to the PSN to boot up their games.

Gamers will be free to trade in Orbis games, but the person who purchases a secondhand disc will be restricted to a limited trial mode or "some other form of content restriction." These gamers will be forced to pay a fee to unlock the full title, according to the source.

An earlier report suggested Microsoft's next-generation Xbox would also include some method of blocking gamers from playing used titles. Microsoft has not commented on the matter.

As for backward compatibility, Kotaku's source says Sony has no plans to offer such a service with the Orbis. This would mark a change in approach for Sony, as the PlayStation 2, PS3, and PlayStation Vita have all supported their predecessors' games at launch in some form.

Concerning timing, the Orbis will ship during holiday 2013, according to the tipster. This person says Sony has been sending Orbis dev kits to "select developers" since the beginning of the year. New iterations of these kits were reportedly dispatched earlier this month, with "finalized beta units" headed to developers at the end of 2012.

This matches up with an earlier rumor, which suggested that several studios--including one "major Sony-owned" developer--had moved entirely to PS4 game development.

What kind of technology will the Orbis run on? The site is reporting that developers are being told to plan for an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU, the latter of which is capable of running Orbis titles at a resolution of 4096x2160 and 3D games at 1080p. It has been previously suggested that the next-generation PlayStation would be powered by AMD technology.

A Sony representative declined to comment on the matter. For more on speculation concerning the next generation of consoles, check out GameSpot's rumor roundup feature.

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2017 comments
skunkpants
skunkpants

Considering my PSN rarely works due to maintenance and unexpected drops in connections. Not to forget their handling of online security. This new PS4 will have to be very good at holding a connection and the PSN will have to be designed by the gods to enable us to play the games which we will pay good money for.

Personally I don't think this console will sell if they go ahead with all these rumours.

zemc77
zemc77

I won't believe it until confirmed by Sony.

almoalgam
almoalgam

wait till you see what sony comes up with....

you guys will be running to get it first

jockie_chan
jockie_chan

From a consumer perspective this is terrible for me.

But after seeing a company like Gamestop completely leech off developers (screwing them over completely taking 100% profit - also with greedy pricing to the customer), I can understand their choice in doing this, but i definitely do not support it.

This move will kill gamestop, but it will come with a Huge annoyance for all the users. Is that worth it?

PublicEnemyNo4
PublicEnemyNo4

I this is the case I'm keeping my PS3!!! No used games, no backwards compatibility! This is just bull sh*t, its just another way to make a bucket of cash. I hope the rumors aren't true :(

division_9
division_9

If this is true, then it's PC for me.

Gjinckxs85
Gjinckxs85

I could care less about the Anti-Used issue. If I buy a game, it's usually new. Especially with Blu-Ray Discs. But no backwards compatibility? There is no longevity to the games you buy. So if you buy a game on PS3, ten years later, after your PS3 has died (and it will), you'll have no way to play it? That's a little much to be asking from your consumers! $60 for a game you'll play for 2 years. Give me a PC any day! I can play whatever I want, whenever I want. Don't have to worry about backwards compatibility with Steam!

Drake2013
Drake2013

I'm sticking with my PS3, PSP and XBox 360. This PS4 "anit-used game system", is a bunch of bull

swaya21
swaya21

Well If this is true, then I will just be sticking with my xbox 360, and ps3 until they die out. Then its going to be on to PC gaming after that. I refuse to deal with that headache bull$#!* that they talking about. It is not worth it.

DucttapeWarrior
DucttapeWarrior

Yeah, they shouldn't block you from using used games, what if someone doesn't have wi-fi? Does this mean you won't be able to play the PS4? Also, if you wanna play a game at a friends house, you can't just bring the disk over. 

Elliander
Elliander

Looks like the next wave of consoles won't be worth trying out. If they do not support used games the shelf life will be limited to the life of the console. If the console lives for about 4 years, after that time it will be impossible to purchase any titles for it (since they would all be used) making it nothing more than a paper weight. More so, it will require internet access to play an off-line game just to verify you still own it making it's usability very limited even when supported. I suggest boycotting any system that implements such a feature.  Then again, the Nintendo 3DS will cease to function entirely if you don't accept updates while the New PSP will let you play games you already own if you pay for them again "at a discount" so clearly the average consumer isn't concerned enough.

Topnotchtwitch
Topnotchtwitch

I could see Sony and/or microsoft "leaking" info about locking used games in hopes that the opposing creators would utilize it, then pull back at the last second and watch as their sales skyrocket. Its a good tactic.  

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

If they are truly Smart they can see Nvidia can offers much much better Technology! all of the Digital Artists, Game Dev people are using Nvidia for their works! only with Cuda Technology GTX 690 they can run Unreal Engine 4!!! Every PC Gamer knows how Powerful Nvidia Physics are! even MassFX on 3ds max have been created by Nvidia!!! now they are Using AMD(ATI)!!!!!! for next Gen console's Graphic Cards!!!!! O.0