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November 11, 2013 // 3:10 pm - Today Sony updated their PlayStation 4 / PS4 Software Usage Terms (ToS - Terms of Service) in preparation for the arrival of their next-generation video gaming console later this month.

Sony has added the Software Usage Terms for the new upcoming PlayStation 4 console, but they also apply to all the PlayStation systems with the following changes:

7. Resale

7.1. You must not resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly authorized by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher. Sony also reminds you that all the Software is "Licensed", and that you "do not acquire ownership" of it:

4. Software is Licensed

4.1. All Software is licensed, not sold, which means you acquire rights to use the Software, as described in these Terms, but you do not acquire ownership of the Software. If you do not comply with these Terms, we can terminate your Software License which means you will no longer have the right to use the Software.

14. Are we monitoring PSN?

14.1. Yes but we can't monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so. However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you. Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1.

Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.

Finally, from Twitter Sony's Shuhei Yoshida denies the new policy against PS4 game selling:

  • Killerattacks ‏(animeblog_de): Source is Polygon ... So do you have the old Microsoft DRM after all?
  • Shuhei Yoshida ‏(yosp): no

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#3 - Zarod - November 13, 2013 // 5:23 pm
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The funny thing is, they've been doing that since day 1 of PSN, they just have more effective ways of doing it now than before. On top of that, MS has been doing it way before Sony, so it's really no surprise anyone does it.

#2 - garth123 - November 13, 2013 // 4:04 pm
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i stopped trusting them after PSN getting hacked, and after them raiding peoples homes. Sony is just trying to win people back that they angered over the years from all of their shenanigans. These policies don't surprise me one bit

#1 - jarvis - November 11, 2013 // 10:34 pm
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Here it comes... I knew not to trust them.