Last month, Benzinga detailed the top five reasons why
PlayStation 4 will play used games
. Now Sony (NYSE:
) has confirmed that its next game console will definitely not
attempt to stop consumers from playing used software. During an
interview with Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida,
asked about the rumors surrounding a patent Sony reportedly filed
to block used games.
Eurogamer: So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, I asked,
you're not going to stop them reselling it?
"Aaaah," was Yoshida's initial answer, but seemingly only
because he'd forgotten his line. "So what was our official answer
to our internal question?" he asked his Japanese PR advisor. The
advisor stepped in but didn't seem to answer clearly, at least to
my ears. Yoshida then took control again firmly:
"So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?"
Eurogamer: I said I thought that was fine.
Another (unnamed) source told Eurogamer that the anti-used
software patent was actually filed for reasons other than gaming.
While it is unclear what those reasons could be (a new way to
reduce piracy, perhaps?), Sony does not seem to be interested in
applying the technology in a detrimental manner.
In a strange twist of events, GameStop (NYSE:
) is actually down more than two percent this morning. Investors
had feared that GameStop, the world's largest retailer of video
games, would not survive if console manufacturers began to block
the sale of used games. Now that two out of three of the new
consoles (Wii U and PS4) are confirmed to play used software,
GameStop's troubles have been greatly reduced.
Sony had reportedly experienced a
in value after its new console was unveiled, but the company is
currently down nearly four percent in pre-market trading.
) is up more than one percent on the news that Destiny (the
company's first game from Halo creator Bungie) will be coming to
PlayStation 4. However, while PlayStation 4 is due this fall,
Destiny will not be released for any game machine until 2014.
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:
), which was mysteriously absent from yesterday's event, is up
nearly one percent.
Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:
), which managed to survive a delay of Grand Theft Auto 5, is not
getting any love from investors this morning. That could change
in the near future, however. Cowen & Company analyst Doug
that the delay may indicate that Take-Two is planning to bring
GTA5 to next-gen game machines, including PlayStation 4.
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