Source: Sony Patents Depressing Pre-Owned Games Blocking System | Gizmodo UKSony Computer Entertainment has applied for a patent that would eliminate the used game market, via a system that includes a physical tag inside game boxes to check who’s allowed to play it.
Basically, this means that any game bought will be tagged to the console it was first played on. So if the consumer trades it in, or gives it to a friend, it will not be be playable unless it's on said console, regardless of whether or not you are connected to the internet. Now just because it was patent, doesn't necessarily mean it will be implemented. But this should still be taken seriously. Let's just hope Sony isn't stupid enough to go through with this.
With the Online Passes and the all the other anti-used games bullshit the industry has been pumping out, this can only mean bad things for the future of gaming. As far as I'm concerned, this makes me re-evaluate whether or not buying a PS4 would be worth it. Hell, I'd go so far as to whether or not gaming is worth it anymore.
What are your guys' thoughts? Maybe I misread something that doesn't make this out to be as bad it seems. If so, PLEASE let us all know. And as always if this thread was already posted, I'll close this thread.