PlayStation 4 is still far off the shelves, but already controversy. Sony Computer Entertainment has filed a patent on a new technology aimed at suppressing the market for second hand games.
The market has already reacted to the news with a substantial sale of shares to the well-known video game retailer GameStop, with the resulting decline in the value of these shares of $ 1.57 to $ 24.09. In reality, however, it is rather a confirmation, as already in the past has insistently spoken of such systems for the new generation of consoles.
“Electronic processing System that restricts the use of their electronic content second-hand markets,” read the patent filed by Sony. “As a result, the second hand market could be deleted, since it restricts developers ‘ revenues.”
“This technology is similarly applicable to various types of electronic content such as Office suite, music and pictures,” yet in the patent.
The patented technology from Sony would be able to “tag” individual copies of the games for the new console via Nfc technology. that copy would be so permanently tied to the console that has been turned for the first time, and this would prevent running on other systems.
Nfc, as known, is a technology that provides two-way wireless connectivity at close range and therefore may allow the main system to receive data from devices with chips, in this case the optical media.
Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, had previously expressed statements contrary to the use of such systems on the next PlayStation. According to Tretton, games are an enormous resource for consumers, and lock the second hand market would be a move “anti-consumer”. However, it is simply personal considerations, while usually has the last word on PlayStation is always of Sony Japan, which instead seems determined to apply very different policies.
Naturally, however, the existence of the patent does not translate immediately in the application of the block. For the moment, however, Sony has not commented officially on the news.
“For Sony would be counterproductive to apply a block like that if rivals Microsoft and Nintendo were not equally”, is the idea of Michael Pachter, analyst with Wedbush Securities market. “I think the reaction to this news has been exaggerated”. According to analysts, similar Rumors spread already in PS3 launch but, as everyone knows, then Sony don’t put this kind of measures in that console.
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