A newly discovered patent, filed by Sony, could spell the end of pre-owned games.
The document, which can be view here, details an Electronic Content Processing System, which could be used to tie game disc to a specific console.
The idea is that once a disc has been inserted in to a console (most likely the Playstation 4), that copy of the game will be linked to the account on that console, therefore making it unplayable on any other system.
Although this idea has raised its ugly head before, could this patent mean that Sony are one step closer to making the idea a reality?
Pre-owned games have been the bane of console makers and publishers for many years, but it is also the main source of income for game retailers. By making games that can’t be traded in, Sony could end up doing themselves more harm than good. It is safe to say that pre-owned games actually encourage console sales and gamers may also think twice about buying a console that doesn’t support them.