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New Sony Patent Ties User IDs to Discs

by on January 3, 2013


A new patent by Sony may soon end used games and game rentals.

According to the patent, game discs would tie in to a user ID through an embedded RFID tag in a disc.

“When the game is to be played, the reproduction device conveys the disk ID and a player ID to the use permission tag,” according to the patent.

The system could allow “temporary use information” if allowed, but that sounds like it would be limited as well.

Right now, this is just in the patent state by Sony. It’s not known if this will try to be utilized for the PlayStation 4 or not.

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  • Profile photo of Ramon Aranda
    January 4, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    This would be horrible, horrible news if it does in fact limit used games on the next PlayStation. It’s like; forget the whole buying used games portion of it, how about if I want to borrow a game from a buddy?

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