“You must not resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly authorised by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher.”
So…huh. That’s not so good. Can’t resell games? Didn’t we move past this after the Xbox One-splosion back in May? So when a gamer asked Sony worldwide president Shuhei Yoshida, the picture got somewhat murkier:
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 10, 2013
So we can resell them? Then what’s with these terms of service?
Chances are you’ll be able to take your junk to GameStop or Amazon or whatever whenever you like, just like you always could. I don’t foresee that stopping. But it seems like Sony’s looking to cover all kinds of bases with these terms of service…we’ll have to wait and see if either a) Sony changes the ToS, or b) if Sony actually takes action on these as they’re written.
We’ll update this story as it develops. Stay tuned…
We’ve been giving Microsoft a lot of guff for the fact that the Kinect is basically an always-on microphone and video camera that you’re putting in your living room that will make it hella easy for the company to basically spy the crap out of you. With recent revelations regarding NSA surveillance in the United States, privacy concerns among consumers are higher than ever—but let’s not get on Microsoft alone, since Sony’s got more than enough capability to check out what you’re doing and saying with the PlayStation 4, too. At least, that’s according to the new console’s terms of service.
The ToS for the UK have been posted online, and—assuming they’re roughly the same for other territories—they’re pretty interesting. There’s a bit where it asks, FAQ style, if Sony will be “monitoring PSN.” Here’s the answer (emphasis mine, to draw your eye to the important bits):
“Yes but we can’t monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so. However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you. Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.”
To summarize, they can monitor you to figure out if you’re being a dick to other players online, or to comply with the law. For instance, if you’re the kind of person who likes to try and seduce 12 year olds via your video game console’s online network, Sony might start recording your activities if they have reason to suspect you. It probably won’t happen, but it could. That said, they might also start monitoring you if you beat someone really bad at FIFA and that person reports you with or without good reason. So, in short, they can watch you.
It should also go without saying that by buying any kind of electronics and connecting to someone over an online network, you’re opening yourself up to being monitored by someone, somewhere, somehow. It sucks, but there you are: welcome to the modern age. At the very least, the PlayStation 4 will probably stop listening to you when you turn it off. The Xbox One? Not so much.
But TitanFall does look cool as hell.