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Sony Patents Technology To Prevent Use Of Pirated And Used Games

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The news sites are abuzz, after the kids over at NeoGAF posted a recent patent application from Sony, entitled "Electronic Content Processing System, Electronic Content Processing Method, Package Of Electronic Content, And Use Permission Apparatus." In layman's terms, this would allow consoles to determine whether a disc had been previously used on another system, by using an ID that would be present on every unit shipped. The disc would then be prevented from working on any console other than that on which it was first used. From the patent application:

"According to the present embodiment, realized is the electronic content processing system that reliably restricts the use of electronic content dealt in the second-hand markets. As a result, the dealing of electronic content in the second-hand markets is suppressed, which in turn supports the redistribution of part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers. Though in the following description a game application (AP) is exemplified as the electronic content, the present embodiment is similarly applicable to various kinds of electronic content such as an office suite, images, and music content."

Now granted, being cynicism's unofficial mascot, I have no doubt that console manufacturers would love to see this sort of thing become a standard feature: those of us who have spent time anywhere in the general vicinity of the corporate world know that "we're just falling in line with the competition" is the preferred method of absolving otherwise-displeasing policy. On the other hand, individual companies aren't typically eager to be the first to pull the d**chebag trigger alienate a segment of consumers - yours truly, being the adorably working-class creature that he is, tends to favor used games - thus risking a scenario in which said consumers find themselves flocking to the competition. Also worth noting is the sad reality of consumer electronics: consoles break, and unless you want your games to be but so many circular paperweights, chances are you will purchase a replacement - one with a different ID that would, in the nightmare scenario, force you to re-purchase every game in your library. Granted Sony might remedy this through some kind of workaround (such as tying a console to your PSN account which seems to be plausible, according to the NeoGAF post), but that leaves those without internet access - yes, they exist - without recourse. Personally, i'm not terribly worried about Sony suddenly declaring all used games utterly verboten any time soon. It's a rather unattractive prospect, particularly given that Sony could see all their R&D and marketing cash they will be throwing at the PS4 evaporate in the fires of collective rage, and as Game Informer notes, "Sony owns many other anti-piracy patents, like USPTO #6,782,477, which have never been used." Those who wish to read the patent, fancy lawyer-speak and all, can do so at this link.

What do you think, gamers? Is the news of Sony's patent call for alarm, or is this all so much overblown nonsense? Sound off in the comments section below!

11 Comments

wohdin said:

Overblown nonsense at its finest.

You know that thing called "DRM"? That thing that has been around for years, decades even, to prevent this? Yeah, it's never worked. There's absolutely no reason to believe that this will fare any better either. Every security system can be cracked. And every security system that bars high-level access to a popular and viable device most likely will be cracked eventually. It's just a fact of the electronics industry, and Sony would be a lot better off not focusing on fighting it as if it were a war, because it is simply unwinnable - it's nothing but a fight against time. And when they pull shit like this, it only serves as instigation and motivation for hackers to work harder on their devices. So gg, Sony, for kicking yourselves in the arse.

Bearfamily said:

Sony Patents Technology To Ensure They Remain In Last Place And Lose More Customers.

JDBro said:

Nonsense, but still disconcerting. From my understanding, both Microsoft and Sony have been looking for methods to prevent games from being played on multiple consoles for a while now (especially in time for the next gens) in order to kill the used game market. So, this isn't really a big surprise. While the protection would help developers receive more profit from new games, it sounds like it will be a major pain for the player (aren't they getting enough from the inability to reuse DLC?) I agree that there are way too many things to consider and, ultimately, where there's a will to get around it, there's a way.

thief-of-time said:

I think it´s rather likely that they will use this in one form or another. think about the PS3 capability to play PS2 games... one patch and it was gone because that way they could sell more PS2 consoles...i don´t trust those bastards one single bit

lightsnow13 said:

The only thing this would lead to is a decrease in sales. If games are constantly being sold at sixty freaking bucks (which I don't think ANY game is worth that much), and if there won't be any chance to buy the game at a cheaper price, then more people will find ways around this in order to not pay full price.

Caleb Rex said:

From my experience, I tend to get a lot of used games simply because I tend to play games that aren't less than two minutes old. Making used copies of games unplayable is by far the most efficient way to kill said games. That game came out as a PS4 exclusive five years ago? Sorry, you can't get it new, and it therefore exists no longer. Terrible idea, Sony. Realistically, though, I see their chances of actually using this rather slim, and even if they do say "hey, let's put this piece of garbage in the PS4"--psh, you expect me to buy a PS4 anyways? I practically don't use home consoles at all (in favor of PC and handhelds), let alone anything as expensive as even the PS3 where it's at now.

Not The Voice of Sarcasm said:

I know I'm being bitchy here, but calling yourself the unofficial voice of sarcasm is like saying I'm good with people or I'm sorry, but... Use of the sentence only serves to tell your audience you're not.

SuperSwede said:

I assure you, my status as the unofficial (mascot) of (cynicism) is solid. I have the poofy headgear and weary saunter to prove it.

CPFace said:

Given your distinctive writing voice, I'd happily sign a letter of recommendation to the Bureau of Sarcasm to make it official.

Bureau of Sarcasm said:

Your application has been preapproved!

SuperSwede said:

I'll have you (both) know that while I enjoyed a hearty belly-laugh (and the slightest sensation of warm fuzzies) at your comments, my cat - now in the throes of the caffeine equivalent of a contact high after the spewing of coffee - is less appreciative.

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