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:
If you are concerned about our new European TOS, we confirm that you are able to sell or share your disc PS4 products, including in EU.
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 12, 2013
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).