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PlayStation 4's pre-owned game restriction policy

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Gaming media is all a fluster as it appears that PlayStation 4 is ticking all the boxes the XbOne didn’t. This morning, Sony explained their restriction policy for used PlayStation 4 games:

There aren’t any.

Whereas Microsoft Xbox One users may have to pay fees in order to play pre-owned games, PlayStation 4 gamers will be able to toddle down to the local store and sell or trade their games; lend them to a friend or keep their favourite games forever with no restrictions or fees to be paid.

Sony executive Jack Tretton, who got all the glory for making the official announcement, also stated that disc-based PlayStation 4 games will not necessitate the use of an internet connection in order to be played and will not require online authentication.

Gamers involved in single player campaigns will never have to play online at all if they so choose.

As well as this, the game will not stop working if you don’t authenticate it within a 24-hour period.

Here’s the official PlayStation used game instructional video as unveiled at the E3 gaming expo:

This all looks like it’s getting a bit awkies for Microsoft as we await the official releases of both consoles. It will be interesting to see whether the company will change some of its policies or decide to leave them as is and exploit the fanboys they know will purchase the Xbox One console.

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