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Sony Boss Talks PS4, Pre-Owned, The Last Guardian And Free Online Play

And 3D is no longer a focus.

Shuhei Yoshida said yesterday that the PlayStation 4 won’t block access to pre-owned games. Whilst we’ve no doubt that that’s entirely true, what Eurogamer didn’t question is whether this means that the block will only be removed via an online purchase, much in the same way that online passes work now. You get a secondhand game, and then pay a fee to unlock it.

That’s speculation, of course, Sony aren’t talking details just yet. That said, Yoshida has today said that, when asked by GameSpot, activation codes are down to the publisher. “It’s a publisher decision,” he said, before adding that “we are not talking about it, sorry.” It’s not clear whether this is in reference to the current online pass style system, though.

The man with a plan.
“When you purchase the disc-based games on PS4, it should work on any hardware,” he added. “So that’s what I’m saying.”

He also mentioned the fact that Sony didn’t show the PS4 itself. “I’m sorry we did not show the hardware,” he said, “but we have plans from now – in February – through the year for the launch. We like to disclose things based on what we think we really want to communicate first. And next time we will talk about these things.”

On 3D? “It’s not a focus.” And 4K? “More games will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second,” he said, and said that the 4K resolution was just for “personal content like photos and videos, not games” – this is despite press shots of Killzone Shadow Fall being at 4K resolution.

The elephant in the room, The Last Guardian? Still not being talked about. “We have Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls coming out this year; these are pretty big titles. And after that we haven’t announced any new software for PS3. I’m not ready to talk about it. Sorry. Because we’ve broken promises [before], we are waiting for the right time to reintroduce The Last Guardian.”

He also skirted around the issue of region locking, which is disappointing.

Will online play remain free? “We totally believe that we want to provide more functionality and more services and more content on the network. And so we are looking at how we are going to structure that. And we are not ready to talk about that.”

It’s clear that there are a lot of unanswered questions from Wednesday’s big reveal. The features shown were mostly great, but it’s in the finer details that we want to explore more – free online multiplayer, for example, is a big selling point for some, and although it’s obvious we won’t get pricing and confirmation on everything, it does feel like it’s still very early in the PS4’s development.

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  1. Death_In_Flamez
    Since: Feb 2011

    Sorry guys but he clearly isn’t talking about those things. He’s skirting around the questions! haha

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 15:33.
  2. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    “reintroduce The Last Guardian.”

    PS4 then.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 15:58.
  3. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    Ah, he’s confirmed a lot even by not answering. They’re working their bloody arses off to get the infrastructure in place. Equally, the topics he does reply on properly are fascinating to say the least. The industry is finally being honest about how 3D simply hasn’t captured the public’s imagination and that 4K will have to wait seeing as most people are only now across to HDTV when it comes to looking at the UK population. Sure, we’ve nearly been there but what’s the penetration on HD across the UK at present? 90% or so? Would love to know.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 16:00.
    • Kris Lipscombe
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Mar 2009

      Ofcom says 70% of adults as of last year over here (page 80, figure 1.73) although interestingly over here they say only 29% of “main sets” in a house are HD, and a further 10% of “other sets” are HD (page 125, figure 2.11).

      Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 16:22.
  4. Starman
    Since: Jul 2011

    I’m predicting games will have a 1 use code, with a pretty hefty price tag of £30-£40 to reactivate a disc.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 16:10.
    • jimmy-google
      Since: Feb 2009

      Any publisher that did that would face a big backlash.

      Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 17:12.
  5. anthro
    Since: Apr 2011

    Thank fuck 3D is finally going the way of the dinosaurs. Horrible technology – I wish it would piss off back to the craphole it emerged from.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 16:10.
    • xdarkmagician
      Since: May 2009

      3D isnt that bad. Turning 3D off is literally as easy as pushing a button so I don’t see the big deal about including it. Its actually kinda sad Sony invested heavily into 3D convincing people its going to stay here and then now say its not a focus anymore

      Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 17:09.
  6. Kris Lipscombe
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Mar 2009

    Surely TLG is vaporware? Surely.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 16:12.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      Ah don’t say that, plenty of us hope that it will still make it to release! There’s been so much love for just a couple of videos that it’s bound to sell well, even on the curiosity factor alone. I suppose it’s now a balancing act of continued funding against recouping the losses, it would be fascinating to know how much it’s cost so far.

      Comment posted on 23/02/2013 at 07:50.
  7. cam the man
    Since: May 2009

    Glad to hear pre-owned games won’t be blocked.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 16:15.
  8. KeRaSh
    Since: Nov 2009

    If it’s up to the publishers, I’m sure we’ll see second hand passes for 10€ each, which includes the online pass of this gen.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 16:26.
  9. jimmy-google
    Since: Feb 2009

    It’s always been up to the publisher and if they want to block used games they will find a way.

    I think Sony are trying to force Microsoft’s hand into an earlier than planned reveal. It’s very sensible to hold back price info until they have to announce it or can respond to competition. What would happen it they made you pay for online and the MS went the other way.

    I’m not going to upgrade my TV for long time so I’m not fussed about 4k but I do want the 3D support to remain as games have been some of the best uses.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 17:11.
  10. DividSmythe
    Since: May 2012

    I’m seriously thinking about buying 4KTV when they come out this year, if they come at the right price. But it would help my decision a bit more if there was 4k games as well. Mind you it would be nice to get 1080p at 60fps first.
    I do need the reason just to justify if to my wife.

    Comment posted on 22/02/2013 at 20:01.

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