Thursday, January 03, 2013

Used Games Tech Patent

It’s important to note that like the movie industry, a lot of patents are made that never see the light of day. So don’t take this too seriously until Sony drops big hint.

Sony filed a patent in September of 2012 that could be applied to their new Playstation system. Basically it’s a tag system for each game disc that would link that game to the console and your Playstation ID, effectively preventing said game from being re-sold.

For those who don’t know, a number of developers dislike the used-game system. Why? They don’t make a single cent. Once the original product is out of their hands, that’s it. It’s the same for anything sold at a garage sale (books, movies, board games, clothing, etc.) To counteract it, a number of companies began using DRM technology (EA is notorious for their 3 installs or your out policy), as well as online passes (where you can only use it once on your account. If you want another you have to buy it with a price range of anywhere from $5-20, thus locking you out of multiplayer content).

Again, this isn’t confirmed tech of the new Playstation, but it is something to be aware of. I wouldn’t be surprised if we started seeing these in Nintendo system soon. Come on…you know Nintendo would be the first.

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