Sony’s new patent application could block second hand games from being used
Roshan Ashraf Shaikh / 5 years ago
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan filed an application on 9th December 2012 about their technology which reportedly will prevent users from purchasing and playing second copies of games on their consoles. This technology works by linking individual game discs to a user’s account without the use of an internet connection.
The patent explains that there will be a contact less tag on the disc which will be read by the console. Once the disc is used for the first time, the ID and Player ID is stored. Everytime the disc is used, it will need to match those tow IDs or else the disc will not work.
Its obvious that this will affect game rental stores significantly. There’s also an issue when your PlayStation console needs to be replaced or if you have more than one for whatever reason.