Sony confirms Playstation 3 will play used games
The Sony Playstation 3 will still be able to run pre-owned, rented and borrowed software. Responding to the latest rumors, Sony has denied that a new Digital Rights Management system, which would not allow gamers to play previously used games on their console, will be employed in the PS3.
Sony Computer Entertainment’s UK PR Manager Jennie Kong stated,
“I would like to clarify that [the Playstation 3 locking out used game discs] is false speculation and that Playstation 3 software will not be copy protected to a single machine but will be playable on any Playstation 3 console.”
Reports suggested that Sony had planned to use the new technology in an effort to combat video game piracy. The reports arose after a patent for a disc technology surfaced with Sony President, Ken Kutaragi, listed as an inventor.
If the new system had been adopted, Playstation 3 software would have only been accessible to the first machine it was run by. Once an authentication code was read, it would have become unplayable on all other consoles.
The news comes as a huge relief to gamers who feared the end of trading games and multiplayer sessions with friends.
Source: Guardian Unlimited Games Blog