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PS4 Won't Block Used Games, PS Plus Required for Online Play

Good news and slightly bad news.

It’s actually just happened. Jack Tretton has just stepped on stage and received the biggest cheer of the day after stating that the PS4 won’t block used games. A completely direct assault on Xbox One, and one which has no doubt made a lot of people at Microsoft a bit worried.

He went on to say that you can trade games in, sell it on or lend it to a friend – there’s no system in place to stop you from doing this. You don’t have to even be online – there’s no “24 hour check-ins” quips Tretton, digging the claws in deeper.

Detailing the frankly awesome online features, such as cross-game voice chat, playing games while downloading and the all new social features, based around a “real world” friends network, he confirmed that PlayStation Plus will carry over and be required to play online multiplayer games.

But you’ll still get plenty of rewards, however – you’ll get immediate access to the “PS Plus” version of DriveClub for free at launch and there’ll be a new free title every month, including some of the recently revealed indie titles. This is the same PS Plus that gets you all of those free games on your PS3 and Vita, mind.

This is all good news, really, bar the online multiplayer paywall, which Microsoft imposed with the Xbox 360 eight years ago.

Also, they’ve just posted an amazing video showing how to share your games on PS4, which you can see below:

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48 Comments
  1. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    That is the single best video Sony could have ever done during this E3 conference.

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 03:55.
    • yiddo
      Member
      Since: Jun 2010

      I am actually CONVINCED that this video has a metaphorical meaning.

      THINK ABOUT IT. Yoshida handing something over. It represents Microsoft handing over the next generation title to Sony. Then the guy saying ‘thanks’ is Sony literally saying thanks to Microsoft for giving Sony the won so early on. It all makes sense now.

      Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:35.
      • samiro05
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        The best thing that could happen for the X1 is that publishers just decide to become X1 exclusives, drain the PS4 market and thrive on the money made through the initiatives they have setup with Microsoft. Unlikely but possible.

        Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:43.
      • yiddo
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        Not gonna happen. The PS4 is too big a revenue stream, especially with EA not doing any games for the Wii U anymore. They can’t afford to make games for solely one platform (bar the odd PC release, whom they also neglect by not bringing their ‘ignite’ engine to PC games).

        Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:51.
      • samiro05
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        My point is that if the publishers do allow time for the PS4 market to diminish due to the lack of fifa n cod then xbox one would takeover all console sales and also give the publishers the money as if Sony had gone that same route. I’m only saying it, my hopes are that the opposite is true and because xbox one requires so much money that PS4 reigns supreme.

        Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 05:38.
      • yiddo
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        But allowing the PS4 market to diminish for a set amount of time purely on the hope that people will then go out and buy an X1 would be bizarre from a business standpoint. Especially when the business we are on about here makes huge sums of money and can’t afford to go on what could be labelled as assumptions and predictions. It’s not going to happen.

        Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 05:59.
  2. coruscant
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    No, no, no, no, no! Damn you Sony, building me up and knocking me down.

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 03:57.
  3. pitbullmern
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    sony just came out top this new generation. love how they openly mocked xbox. yes you have to pay for online but i can live with that. great business decision

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 03:57.
  4. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Tretton could barely hide his excitement as he revealed that all important info. He was absolutely destroying the Xbox One and he was loving it!

    That video is brilliant too. Short, sweet, and right to Microsoft’s jugular!

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 03:57.
    • RudeAwakening
      Member
      Since: Jan 2011

      When Tretton revealed that beautiful nugget, i literally jumped up from my sofa and started clapping! I also may have shedded a few happy tears!

      Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 18:39.
  5. matthangzhou
    Member
    Since: Sep 2010

    Fine by me really. I don’t play too much online, I like to have a quick go but don’t really stick with it for long. Will be buying plus regardless as it has given me so much content over the years. Sure it’s not always what I want but I’ve played some gems that I otherwise wouldn’t have done.
    I’m really impressed with how Sony has handled each stage and major decision lately. They seem to have really listened to the gamers and gaming websites and have taken it all on board. Can’t wait for ps4.

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 03:58.
    • matthangzhou
      Member
      Since: Sep 2010

      Oh and the video is friggin’ hilarious.

      Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:00.
  6. Gamoc
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Exciting in many ways, hugely disappointing in regards to multiplayer being Plus only. I’d say the awesome outweighs the disappointing though.

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:01.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      I’m the same, VERY disappointed for having to get P+ for online gaming. It’s what I do most and I don’t have the time to use P+ to its full capacity.

      Oh well, the pluses definitely outweigh the bad points but that’s the end of free online gaming on consoles.

      Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 09:09.
  7. pitbullmern
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    £349 they just took my oreder :P

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:02.
  8. samiro05
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    I’m on PS+ anyway, and in many ways this is a time for:

    Shut up and take my money!

    OMG $399 too!

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:03.
  9. coruscant
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    So torn now. Don’t want to pay for online, but that price, the consoles, the games, are brilliant…

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:05.
    • coruscant
      Member
      Since: Oct 2010

      *console

      Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:05.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        As much as I love Sony, after seeing what games they have, the price, the features and carrying on the current trade in policy and with no DRM….you would have to be absolutely nuts to think about buying an Xbox One IMO.

        Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 09:10.
    • yiddo
      Member
      Since: Jun 2010

      But with this online service, you’re getting free games and features on a regular basis.

      Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:13.
    • DJ Judas
      Epic
      Since: Aug 2008

      I’d agree…however I want Driveclub…which the PS+ sub covers at what I imagine is the same price as the game anyway so it’s easy, a great way to get people into the plus sub.

      Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:17.
      • cam the man
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        There’s talk that the PS+ version of Drive Club may not be the full game but it’s a good way to get people to try it.

        Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 13:54.
  10. MayContainEvil
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Haha loved it, I actually laughed. Never miss a chance to pull the piss.

    Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 04:07.
    • blackredyellow
      Member
      Since: Mar 2009

      Had a good laugh at that too! Good to see a bit of humour from Sony :)

      Comment posted on 11/06/2013 at 14:23.

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