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February 21, 2013 // 11:27 pm - Following up on yesterday's PlayStation 4 / PS4 announcement and PlayStation 4 / PS4 trailer videos, today Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that PlayStation 4 / PS4 won't block the use of second-hand (used) games.

To quote from Eurogamer (linked above): "Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has told Eurogamer that PlayStation 4 will not block the use of second-hand games, contrary to various reports, speculation and even a Sony patent unearthed last month.

I sat down with Yoshida a few hours after the PS4 reveal tonight and one of the first things I asked was whether used games would be blocked.

"Do you want us to do that?" he asked.

No, I said. I think, if you buy something on a disc, that you have a kind of moral contract with the person you've bought it from that you retain some of that value and you can pass it on.

Do you agree, I asked?

"Yes. That's the general expectation by consumers," said Yoshida. "They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation."

So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, I asked, you're not going to stop them reselling it?

"Aaaah," was Yoshida's initial answer, but seemingly only because he'd forgotten his line. "So what was our official answer to our internal question?" he asked his Japanese PR advisor. The advisor stepped in but didn't seem to answer clearly, at least to my ears. Yoshida then took control again firmly:

"So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?"

I said I thought that was fine.

Interestingly, I also spoke to a Sony source elsewhere at the event this evening who told me that the anti used-game patent discovered last month was actually nothing to do with PlayStation 4 at all.

The patent suggested that discs would come branded with a contactless tag that could be recognised and read by your console, which would then bind it to you and prevent you from selling it on.

But whatever reason Sony did have for patenting it, it sounds like it wasn't for its next-generation console. Hopefully Microsoft will also avoid this ludicrous technology with its next-generation Xbox as well."


Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 / PS4 Won't Block Second-hand Used Games

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#3 - PS4 News - February 21, 2013 // 1:24 am
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That is exactly what I said, and what CJPC replied with HEHE. Below is the PS4 logo from the video footage as well:


And from the wiki (ps3devwiki.com/wiki/PS4) are some more details:

PS4 Console

  • x86 CPU
  • PC common GPU (capable of 30K polygon rendering)
  • 8GB unified RAM
  • Harddrive storage
  • PS Cloud storage (Gakai) - buy/install part and download the rest while playing, demo's, uploaded gameplay videos (Share)

Controller

  • Lightbar (Move)
  • Touchscreen
  • Share button (live gameplay videostreaming or screenshots to friends or Ushare)

Addon

  • Dual camera (move like)

Interface

  • no longer XMB, but using a Metro like GUI

Crossplatform integration

  • PS Vita (RemotePlay)
  • Tablets
  • Phones

Mediaservices

  • Video Unlimited
  • Music Unlimited
  • MLB.tv
  • Hulu plus
  • Crunchyroll
  • Crackle
  • Vidi
  • Netflix
  • Laugh
  • Epix
  • Neon
  • Facebook
  • Amazon
  • NHL.tv
  • PlayStation Plus
  • Cinema now

Titles

  • Killzone Shadowfall
  • Driveclub (sorta Need for Speed Clubbing)
  • Sucker Punch
  • The Witness (low res Myst/Riven with indypuzzles)
  • Deep Down
  • Final Fantasy
  • Watch_Dogs
  • Diablo III
  • Destiny

PlayStation 4 Middleware Developers List

The recently announced PlayStation 4 has specifications inspired by developers and will give gamers multiple ways to interact with each other and share their gameplay experiences. The following is a list from Sony Computer Entertainment Japan showing the middleware companies lending their technology to PlayStation 4 development.

Game Engines

  • Bitsquid
  • Blitz Games
  • Crytek
  • Epic Games
  • Terathon LLC
  • Vicious Engine

Physics/AI/Animation

  • Babelflux
  • Havok
  • NaturalMotion
  • Nvidia
  • Xaitment

Art/Graphics

  • Allegorithmic
  • Autodesk
  • Confetti Effects
  • Geomerics
  • Matchlock
  • OC3 Entertainment
  • Rad Game Tools
  • Silicon Studio Corporation
  • Simul Software
  • Speed Tree
  • Umbra Software

Audio

  • Audiokinetic
  • CRI Middleware
  • Firelight

Network

  • Agora Games
  • Jenkins Software

Other

  • Deja Tools
  • Xoreax

#2 - matt101 - February 21, 2013 // 1:13 am
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would of liked to see the console... prob have to wait till E3

#1 - accurateguy - February 21, 2013 // 12:04 am
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wowww it gonna be interesting keeping my eyes on ps4news.com