At E3 2013, Sony officially announced that the PS4 would allow the use of secondhand games. With Microsoft’s decision to eliminate the use of pre-owned titles, many people were surprised to hear that Sony would still allow users to access used games.
Speaking on this decision, PlayStation Boss Andrew House has stated that PlayStation never had the intention of eliminating used games with the PS4. Speaking with The Guardian, House stated the following:
“There’s an interesting backstory on that. I guess, dating from about our February event, there had been questions about what our online policy would be. And I have to say that we were slightly perplexed, because we had no intention of changing from a model that I think has served us really well for several platform life-cycles.
And then, of course, it was really the actions of others, and the reaction coming from consumers, which led to more speculation.
So we felt that with E3, and Monday night’s press conference, it was a really good opportunity to set the record straight.
But there weren’t any changes that we’d been considering.
I think there’s a very careful balance to strike. We’re a game publisher ourselves, so there’s a certain argument for us that there should be something of a model for content-creators to participate in second sales. Having said that, however, the consumer sees ownership as a very key benefit when purchasing a physical product. And the flipside of the argument is that retailers will tell you that the vast majority of trade-in value gets immediately repurposed into new purchases of games, and those people in turn generate word of mouth and create more interest.”
The PS4 is currently scheduled to be released in the holiday season of 2013 at the price of $399.