Sony Addresses PS4 Game Reselling Concerns

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Yesterday we got a glimpse of some alarming bits from Sony’s European terms of service for the PlayStation 4 console. Essentially, you won’t be able to resell your used games—even those purchased on disc—without the express permission of Sony and the game-maker.

But despite the pretty clear-cut language in the ToS (“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”), Sony has emphatically said that you can do whatever you want with your games. A post on Eurogamer  cites a Sony rep who flat-out contradicts this clause:

“As [Sony] announced at E3, consumers will be able to sell or share their PS4 disc products.”

And Sony Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida elaborated on Twitter:

A subsequent Tweet on that thread from another user speculates that the ToS refers to only the media on the disc…and not the disc itself. So essentially, under this reading, the terms of service says I can’t sell the GAME—like, I can’t take the code and put it on a new disc and sell it. And while that’s common sense, I suppose it make sense for that to be spelled out in the ToS, just for legal-style purposes.

Even still, the language seems to specify that reselling a game at GameStop is prohibited—but I have my doubts that Sony will start busting into the stores and slapping handcuffs on gamers who want to get a few bucks of credit for Knack (because, let’s face it, everyone’s going to trade that one in).

[Via Eurogmaer]

  1. Even if they say there not going to enforce it. The fact that it is there is concerning. If sony say its nothing & don’t worrie about it. Then in my eyes they should do new tos without the part about not being able to sell games. But at the end of the day any company with a product you want to use has you by the balls with tos. As you can’t use there product without agreeing to it. So yeah.

    • Yeah, they didn’t include it in their policy just for shits and gigs, they might not be intending to use it right now, but I bet when xbox finally rolls out the system they originally had intended for the xbone (which I do believe they said they would eventually bring back) sonys going to say, well since their console can’t play used games doesn’t make sense for ours to! And then people will still love them just because fuck Microsoft.

  2. I can’t wait for the new playstation- going to be a good one! :)

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