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Sony Computer Entertainment has filed a patent for technology designed to combat pre-owned game sales. The patent (via NeoGAF) describes NFC-style technology that tags individual game copies with information, such as if they have been played on another console or account. The system then checks these tags before starting the game and could potentially block titles that have been purchased second-hand
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OK, thats another console company that can promptly go and fuck itself then. Not being able to play used games would be a deal breaker for me. The majority of my current Xbox games are bought second hand, with only a few notable titles deserving day one purchases. With my PS2, every single game I owned was bought second hand. Really, they can go fuck themselves with this anti-second hand bullshit.

So, that leaves me with Nintendo? Jesus, no. So, that leaves me with my computers and iOS devices.

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This is oooooooold news. This has been floating around for almost a year and there's been a lot of backlash.

I actually thought it was bad enough that my PS3 isn't backwards compatible but to stop the 2nd hand game trade will be a killer for the company - they'll sell a few more games but not as many consoles and then sales will steadily decline as people decide it's not worth buying new games if they're not able to trade old ones in against them. It also kills off rentals and the ability to try a game before you buy it outside the world of demo's .
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Selling less consuls and more games means more profit. Last I checked Sony and Microsoft both lose money with each system sold
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I heard stories about microsoft doing this with the 720/infinity whatever they plan on calling it. I can't see this as being anything but bad for the industry in the long run.

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Good god I hate the entertainment industry at times, money grubbing fuckheads clinging desperately to an outdated profit model.

This is only bad news for the industry, the vast majority of dedicated games shops rely on 2nd hand games to survive so if those go, the store goes, if the store goes thats less shops to stock and sell new games. Thats less new games being sold, less profits for the compant. I've bought 1 game new for my PS3 and that was Borderlands 2. Everything else is second hand.

If this happens it looks like my next gaming platform will be back to the PC... sigh... and all the issues that come with it. Still that won't be for a few years.
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Selling less consuls and more games means more profit. Last I checked Sony and Microsoft both lose money with each system sold
I actually wasn't referring to the sale of the console itself but the number of consoles sold as in the number of people who own them and are therefore potential purchasers of games.
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If a person only buys used games, it's a loss of money to the manufacturer

Anyways welcome to the world of PC gamers, we have dealt with this for years.
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Good god I hate the entertainment industry at times, money grubbing fuckheads clinging desperately to an outdated profit model.
So they should not try and make as much money as possible, so they can make MORE games down the road? Only make money off of first adopters and allow others to make profits off their hard work after the first week?
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i love my ps3 but they do this i might as well go back to pc gaming (my pc sucks)



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