Sony Patents Technology to Block Secondhand Games

Sony’s PlayStation division has patented technology that may abolish the used game market by blocking the use of secondhand games on a console. Individual game discs will be associated with a given user’s account and won’t run on someone else’s.

The patent document, filed by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, reads:

“When the game is to be played, the reproduction device conveys the disc ID and a player ID to the use permission tag. The use permission tag stores the terms of use of the game and determines whether a combination of the disc ID and the player ID conveyed from the reproduction device fulfills the terms of use or not.”

The patent goes on to describe how the technology could be used to temporarily grant access or limit the number of uses for a piece of software.

via Eurogamer

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7 Comments on Sony Patents Technology to Block Secondhand Games


On January 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Well, that’s unfortunate. I was originally going to buy both the PS4 and the Xb720 but it looks like I’m going to settle for just Microsoft. Sony, as usual, can eat a D@$&!


On January 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

sony is already in the hole financially, doing this and they would be only cutting there own throats. If this is true and not speculation then i guess im not buying a ps4 or wht ever it will be called. Last thing i want to do is buy a crappy game and not be able to trade it in.


On January 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Sony just keeps digging its own grave…


On January 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Meanwhile, St. Gabriel of Newell prepares a computer/console hybrid with far less intrusive DRM that is far friendlier to the end user and innovation, and he adds to his multi-billion dollar empire.


On January 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Poor console gamers. New PC titles already cost an average of half the price of console versions just weeks after release, and then we see this? Unless less the next generation xbox and playstation have a digital distribution channel to compete with prices offered by Steam, Origin, Gamefly, Green man gaming, and amazon, well… then they are ed.

Sony = Suicide

On January 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I’ve bought every Playstation Console to date. I will NOT be buying PS4 if Sony’s intention is to force people to pay full-price and prevent them from selling their own property after use. This has to be the most stupid and short-sighted idea yet. People are already fed up of paying more for fewer original ideas and shorter replay value – imagine how much more disenfranchised they’ll become if they can’t even buy a game pre-owned or pass it on once they’re done. This is vacuous, lazy-minded stupidity.

If you want more people to buy games new, sell them cheaper. They theoretically should be costing far less to make anyway, so there’s absolutely no excuse for this extortionate, draconian approach.


On January 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm


Oh yes, please tell me how the DRM known as Steam is so much better than a disc check, also how it effortlessly allows second hand sales unlike current consoles.

Please continue.