Oh, brother. You can’t play used games on the upcoming PS4 without calling them up and paying for them like they were new? Yep:
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.
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.
Imagine buying a used DVD or BluRay — perhaps you’ve been given them by a relative — and you can’t play them in your own home without contacting the studio and paying for them exactly like they were new, right off the shelf. That’s what we’ve come to folks.
And they wonder why we are running screaming to sites like Pirate Bay.
YES! I mentioned Pirate Bay!