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    Sony Just Patented its Own Downfall

    Sony has always held a grudge against used games, even back before the launch of the Playstation 3 but it never went through. This time though, they're actually doing it. A patent that would inevitably bring the Playstation 4 down to its knees was filed back in September 2012.

    So basically the patent is to combat used games. An RFID chip will be placed on every disc made for the Playstation 4. When a disk is inserted for the first time on a console, the chip will link the disc and the console like Siamese twins, never to be separated. The worst part about this whole thing is that the chip can check the compatibility while its offline. You cannot even play offline.

    So this may not seem like much to some of you. I know selling used games is not the biggest thing in our region. However, this also means that we cannot borrow or trade games with our friends! If I wanted to lend you Killzone for the weekend, I would have to give you my Playstation 4 and Killzone. Here is a question, what if my Playstation 4 broke and I had to replace it with another console, what then? Would that RFID chip be able to tell that? I doubt it.

    A lot of businesses depend on used games. Gamestop, one of the leading retailers in the U.S, where the selling and trading of used games are on top, saw a sudden drop in their stock overnight. This decision will not only bring down the retail business but it might even bring down Sony's business. SCEA voiced their concern about a decision like this, but ultimately, it's up to Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo.

    Why in the world would Sony file this patent if Microsoft and Nintendo aren't? If the three of them implemented the RFID chip, then it would make a little more sense. If I can't borrow, trade or sell my own games, why would I even buy the Playstation 4? I'm sorry but God of War and Uncharted are definitely not good enough for me to go through with a decision like that.

    At the end of the day, Sony is a corporation. A rather large corporation, so making money is priority number one. What better way to make money than make every Playstation 4 owner purchase their own games at full price. Broken console? Trunk full of games? Sorry pal. If they honestly believe that their consumers would go and buy a whole new console and re-purchase all those games again, they're enormously mist
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    for a huge company they sure are stupid

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    I hate Sony! Always have, and always will. Hence the reason I will never own a playstation.
    This idiocy, just reinforces my hatred of them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bmarlo
    I hate Sony! Always have, and always will. Hence the reason I will never own a playstation.
    This idiocy, just reinforces my hatred of them.
    I have a ps3 and a wii, and can say the ps3 is miles ahead... But according to this, I'm not grabbing a ps4. The wiiU and maybe Xbox 720 will have to suffice. I did see this coming. Will they even allow backwards compatibility for ps3 games? Doubt it... Very disappointed.

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    This got me very disappointed. Sony < Nintendo & Microsoft when it comes to gaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kunparekh18
    This got me very disappointed. Sony < Nintendo & Microsoft when it comes to gaming.
    Not really. You do know ps3 has the most powerful processor of the three, and the only one to use the might of Blue ray disks.
    They have been annoying with the security on it, ex unable to hack. But really, for gaming they can do some damage. Better system, dumber moves as a company.

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    I really hope this isnt true I love my ps3 and will definitely get the ps4 if it doesnt have this

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    That's just plain stupid. Sony won't advertise this "feature" (because obviously the blow back from the consumer). If it's enabled right out of the gate (read: launch day), and Mr. John Q buys a game and then wants to trade one in/buy a used copy, he'll be in for a shock. Maybe it'll be like the XBox AP25 where the feature is dormant, til Sony turns it on.

    If it goes the way this story suggests, you will have a LOT of unhappy owners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Gh0st View Post
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    ^Yeah, really cute with the numbers... Nancy

    Edit #2: maybe the "story" is made out of context. Perhaps it's more about combating any attempt at physical media duplication on the new platform. The RFID is let's say a signed piece of code, and it's compared against the PS4's internal and/or online database. A value of XYZ means it's a legit disc, and it will run --- regardless of what PS4 it's being ran on. A duplicated disc -- bearing no RFID returns a value of 000 and is prevented from running.
    Last edited by nightstah; 01-05-2013 at 09:49 AM. Reason: A Counter-Theory

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