PS4 unveiling by Sony has set the ball rolling on many questions, with many still left unanswered. One of the important questions is the support for second-hand games, which according to many news reports, the Japanese conglomerate is also not sure of. PS4 has been the most awaited console of this year along with Microsoft Xbox 720.
Sony announced the existence of the PS4 console, but did not show the design of the new PlayStation. Sony’s Worldwide Studio boss, Shuhei Yoshida stated that disc-based games for PS4 will work on any hardware, which was interpreted by many avenues as support for second-hand games, but a recent statement from Sony Europe MD clarified that Sony was uncertain of its stance on pre-owned games.
Talking to NowGamer, Sony Europe MD, Fergal Gara said, “Well first of all, we haven’t stated that second-hand games… we haven’t made a statement on the second-hand games question. The answer to the pre-owned question isn’t clarified just yet and we’re working through that and we’ll announce our position in more detail as and when we can.”
This statement leaves the gaming communiingty hang by a thread as it is a massive issue, when it comes to gaming. In another statement from Sony’s VP of Worldwide Studios, things were equally vague. Michael Denny said, “It’s a massively important issue and I understand why it’s one that keeps coming up and will keep coming up, because people want to know what the exact stance is. I think in good time that will become clearer.”
With the PS4 release date confirmed somewhere around 2013 holiday season, Sony will need to clarify their stance on pre-owned games before the console hits the shelves. Do you think Sony should support second-hand games?