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Source: CNET

By: Jeff Bakalar

March 30, 2012
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The next evolution of home console gaming is shaping up like a dystopian Philip K. Dick short story. Refueled by the latest PlayStation 4 rumor, signs continue to point to a future in which games are no longer really yours to own, instead just a virtual right to play -- just as long as you're connected to the Internet, have a unique ownership ID, and aren't playing a used copy.

This isn't the first we've heard of this either; a January report says Microsoft's next machine will attempt to thwart used games too.

* I've posted this in the "Rumors and Unconfirmed Articles" section because this article is somewhat of an editorial and contains speculation.
Edited by Choggs396 - 4/2/12 at 7:20pm
    
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all this will do is make more modded consoles and more pirated games; thus bending honest customers over the proverbial barrel
 
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I don't recall the last time I bought a used game. Usually the used games are just around $5 off at GameStop and by the time they are at discount prices on eBay, it doesn't cost much more to buy the new one.

I still don't like this idea because it might make the new games more expensive (less discounts b/c there are no used copies).
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Its bad enough on PC and always on will hurt alot of people.
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mm i bet nintendo is salivating a lot.all used game. customer are welcome on the new (?) system.so nintendo will be number one (again)by a huge margin(again)nintendo yell:keep em coming ms and sony.we love it!(grin)
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If the powers that be get their way, I think this will become like used cars where everytime the car changes hands the purchaser will have to pay a tax. "Render unto Caesar......."
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Rise PC gaming. You can change the e-mail an account is linked to, usually change the player name, and sell the account. Frowned upon, but I don't think it's ACTUALLY illegal.
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Originally Posted by Adversity View Post

I don't recall the last time I bought a used game. Usually the used games are just around $5 off at GameStop and by the time they are at discount prices on eBay, it doesn't cost much more to buy the new one.
I still don't like this idea because it might make the new games more expensive (less discounts b/c there are no used copies).

It's not always easy to find used copies 1-20 years after they're initially released, and during that time used copies are often up to 80% off the original price. I highly doubt the next-gen consoles will prevent used games from being used, but if they do I likely will not be purchasing said console(s). There are other gaming platforms out there that are not trying to rape my wallet, and those will be the ones I support.

One thing to keep in mind, if only Sony does this, gamers will likely flock to the Wii U and next Xbox in response. In my opinion it's all or nothing (all consoles, or none).
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post #9 of 78
Although a rumor, I think if the infrastructure was in place this would have already come to pass. Not to be off-topic or overly philosophical, but where is the tipping point? I mean I like playing games and all, but the more restrictive/negative an experience becomes, the more indifferent I become.
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if used game in ebgame in my city didnt exist parent wouldnt have a new console.this. used market permit the poorest to be able to say yes to their kids.new they wouldnt buy the consol or would pirate the console.
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