PS4 supports used games and features no online check-in

Sony takes a shot at Microsoft during its E3 2013 conference.

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will not require an online check-in and that Sony will impose no restrictions on trading in disc-based games.

Speaking during Sony's E3 2013 press conference, SCEA president Jack Tretton added that disc-based PlayStation 4 games will be able to be traded in at retail, sold to another person, lent to friends, or just kept forever.

The news positions Sony's PlayStation 4 in direct opposition to Microsoft's Xbox One, which requires a 24-hour check-in for all games and will restrict the sale of used games to selected retailers.

"I guess that's a good thing," said Tretton.

Following the announcement, Sony released a video to YouTube called the "Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video."

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martingaston

Martin Gaston

Hi! I'm Martin, for some reason or another I have managed to convince the people who run GameSpot that I am actually wor
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CallousIW
CallousIW

im confused regarding disc-based used games..even if Sony "will impose no restrictions on trading in disc-based games", but publishers might still put restrictions on their games as the decision lies wif the publishers (to my knowledge) ...am i rite? anyone care to enlighten? how is this different from MS then?  

MrPlop
MrPlop

Its not just about used games but moves all game pricing out of the shops hands and into M$.  Instead of getting cheaper new games a few months after release, the prices will be kept at max by M$ for ages or forever even just like on LIVE or PSN not to undercut the retailers.

Jonathan Lahey
Jonathan Lahey

Screw USED games, I want it to be backwards compatible more than that!

CrazyFool319
CrazyFool319

Sony has never said there will be no restrictions, they have only made very basic broad sweeping statements in regards to all their policies.  Wait until they actually detail the stuff.  Xbox could easily say a lot of the same stuff as Sony has.  Xbox will allow lending, used games and all that.  The only thing that we know for sure is there is no 24 hour authentication period.  Other than that there are no real facts, just generalized statements with no real information.

Bob Bagnall
Bob Bagnall

Seems like a desperate ploy, I don't doubt don't Sony would stick it to the consumer if they were on top.. Oh wait, they have done previously.

William Eicks
William Eicks

I think Microsoft needs to give up they lost the technology war and sell out to Sony at a 50% discount of their stock price before their stock bottoms out and they go into bankruptcy !!!!!! ( LOL ) ( LMAO ) I told all the Xbox users that the End was coming !!!!! HA HA HA HA HA

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

This announcement has given gamers some hope that Sony is finally developing a console for gamers. I also heard that Sony was working on a method to allow gamers to play PS3 games on the PS4, if that is true, then my console choice is a no brainier.

reverendyates
reverendyates

Yes, bad grammar aside, I agree. I will not buy the Xbox None. At least that will save me money. Goodbye Microsoft.

pszone
pszone

Well look like Sony be out of the red  and looks like Xbox One wont be Xbox One no longer  in next couple years. I hope Dead Rising 3 be on ps4 next 2 years. Well think Xbox will go same with dreamcast did.  buying PS4 a lot people will so guess Xbox fans might sell there games to buy ps4.  PlayStation Forever .

bluespire1
bluespire1

thanks bought the killzone shadowfall bundle yesterday

TheTrueSensei
TheTrueSensei

Just read an article from a Microsoft spokesman who said that anyone who doesn't have a decent internet connection can keep the X360.

What an utter disgrace! This is typical of a company that has no interest in their consumer base anymore.

punisher70
punisher70

I have a 360( an only a 360) an a decent library an I will continue buying games because that's what I enjoy doing when i'm  trying to relax. I plan on keeping every game an not trading in any one  of my game's. Now I will NOT be buying a Xbox 1 for those of you who wish to be controlled an bullied by M$ to each his own. I was a big Ps2 fan it's to bad Sony was so expensive at  its Ps3 Launch( for me anyways) But the Ps4 is an awesome price an I have the freedom to buy new or used, to go on or off line or go on a trip with my ps4 an be able to play a game without problems. At least Sony is giving there loyal an new customers what they want. 

kamicolo
kamicolo

Haha, great vid!  But what does this means for security?  Doesn't Microsoft have online "check-ins" for security reasons.  Are there any possibilities for hacking or piracy on the PS4?  Remember the theoretical joy of the first gen PS3 - the Linux OS?

OldsToronado455
OldsToronado455

Sony, please take my money. Thank you.

-XBox fan for 10 years.

Jamie Bleakwail Bartee
Jamie Bleakwail Bartee

It makes me feel exactly the same way I feel about the PS3. Free online play (unlike xbox 360's monthly charge), but ultimately a piece of crap compared to XBOX 360.

Daryl Brooks
Daryl Brooks

Meh, just the lesser of two evils. There is an essential drawback to PS4 tho (well at least for me)...none of your digital content transfers over and Playstation Plus is mandatory for online play. Both consoles leave a bad taste in my mouth. I have a huge backlog of retail and digital PS3 games to finish before I even decide if I want to continue console gaming at this point.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

This is great news. Publishers' adopting their own DRM is one thing; I can choose which games to buy. If even one game I want is playable on my own terms, this is the system for me.

Isa San
Isa San

Now this is a Console!

lilizblack
lilizblack

People you are forgetting one thing about used games. PS4 said to support used games but third-party publishers can choose to behave otherwise. Difference is  MS just killed itself by saying the console will not support used game instead of letting the publisher do the job. That would be a sneaky move from sony cause it wont be his fault but the publishers

TheTrueSensei
TheTrueSensei

I hate giving the Xbone such a hard time. I'm  an X360 fanboy. It's just that Microsoft have annoyed me so much!!!

Brazucass
Brazucass

Anybody knows if the PS3 games will work on PS4?

John Bristow
John Bristow

Microsoft's ass is probably feeling pretty raw right now.

Mercgamer74
Mercgamer74

Earlier Microsoft got burned but don't apply cold water call an ambulance Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U.

grove12345
grove12345

PS3 and 360 didnt either.... but still online passes were required

Darkages04
Darkages04

Xbox one... Missed your internet bill, got cut off, game is dead until you pay your bills..... Oh well, welcome to my livingroom ps4

Scardelli1
Scardelli1

The other big thing that bothers me is Microsoft is one of the companies involved with the recent NSA surveillance scandal and now they want to have an always on microphone mandatory with their new console. I'm no conspiracy theorist but that's just crossing the line.....

tevic
tevic

This is just great !!! I can't believe it.

Thanks Sony having listened to your present and future customers.

And MS you can stick your Xbone where the sun never shines (with the Kinect and DRM) !!!!!

danabo
danabo

I'm getting cramp just thinking about going back to the dualshock. Oh well, no online check-in!

Florent Clanet
Florent Clanet

The only sad thing about Sony's Conference is that their PSN is now monthly charged :

TheTrueSensei
TheTrueSensei

Such a shame though. After all of the good work the X360 started, how can Microsoft have messed it up so spectacularly with such a simple decision regarding pre-owned games.

surferosh
surferosh

where is Percuvius2 ?????

that dude sure has a nasty habit of disappearing when we need him most !

Guts5
Guts5

Sony does not support used games or trading them in if they were digitally bought.


Sony admitted at E3 that 60% of their Vita games were digital copies.


All digital copies can be sold, gifted, or traded in on an XB1.  Stop ignoring this Martin.  It's showing you to be the fanboy you are and not a journalist.  A journalist is supposed to tell unbiased truth and REPORT news.  Not makeup stuff or leave out details to spin the public opinion.


You work for the US government or the NSA?

hmmrdochjv
hmmrdochjv

I only have two things to say .

1) Sony i work & can't see myself queuing for your machine so please please make sure that you have 3 trailers full of PS4's out the back of every store that gonna stock it because when i finish work i want to walk it to the retailer & not get told sorry stocks run out ( i had this said to me even though i had pre-ordered - insufficient stock to cover all orders ) .

2) when the developers that have given microsoft exclusive content for  the X1 realize they ain't gonna make much money on that one & offer it to us PS4 owners later down the line , Can i have it at half price seeing as i am now gonna be second choice for the content .

nayce54
nayce54

SONY'S STOCK WENT UP AGAIN!!!


surferosh
surferosh

loved that video clip.. an even better response to Major Nelson's little twitter message.. this time round, Sony not only showed their console but also released an instructional video of how to use 2nd hand games on it.. bravo sony.. 

sometimes you guys get it right.. and sometimes you screw up with ur marketing and proprietary stuff...  i dont know if i love you or hate you

SHANE523
SHANE523

The problem is the devs are to lazy to do that even though I agree it would be easy for them. It wouldn't even have to be considered in the dev process if they had region locked console.

Brazucass
Brazucass

Sorry Xbox One you are dead before you was born.