What if I told you that the next DVD/Blu-ray player you buy will only
play newly bought discs? And if you were to buy used, borrow
your friends' discs, or rent games, your machine would not play them?
Well, it has been reported that the new Sony PlayStation 4 console
(or Orbis as it's said to be called) will not play PlayStation 3 games,
and the console will also have anti-used-game measures built in.
That means no more playing rental games or borrowing games
from your buddy, and of course you can't play pre-owned games!
What has been reported is that if you do use secondhand games,
you'll have to pay an extra fee. Why all this madness?! It looks
like game developers feel like used game sales are choking the
industry. To be fair, it was reported earlier this year that Microsoft
is considering blocking used games on the next version of the Xbox.
I don't know about you, but to me that's just crazy! My son and I buy
used games quite a bit, and it would be a huge setback for both of
us if they were to go through with this. I will probably just say no to a
newer console, at least until the game prices are lowered, or I'll just
refuse to buy a new console and go back to PC gaming until
So what do you all think about this? Are you willing to buy a console
that locks out secondhand games? What do you think will happen to all
those game outlets that sell pre-owned games or game rental services.
Is their business model doomed? If companies like Sony and Microsoft
go through with this, do you think it will have a negative effect on
the game industry, or will it have no impact at all, because people
will continue to buy new? Read the blog from CNET blogger
Amanda Kooser: "Friday Poll: Used games a no-go on PlayStation
4?" and tell us how you feel about all this.
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