Sony swept
everyone at E3 off their feet when finally unveiling the PlayStation 4. The console
manufacturer revealed that, among other things, gamers would be able to freely lend
games to their friends without having to worry about accounts, CD-keys, and
such: for the next console generation, used games looked to be a non-issue.

However,
Sony has subtly updated their PlayStation 4 usage terms, clarifying how we may
treat our purchased game copies, and what we’re actually purchasing. Gamers
will not be able to resell their used titles without expressed permission from
both Sony and the publisher, whether they’d be disc-based or digital. Moreover,
the policy now states that we are only buying licenses to play the titles, not actual copies of the games.

4. Software is Licensed
4.1. All Software
is licensed, not sold, which means you acquire rights to use the Software, as
described in these Terms, but you do not acquire ownership of the Software. If
you do not comply with these Terms, we can terminate your Software Licence
which means you will no longer have the right to use the Software.

7. Resale
7.1. You must not
resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly
authorised by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the
publisher.

The news
may seem troubling, and it may appear as if Sony has gone back somewhat on
their more open stance displayed on E3, but at the same time these changes could
also merely represent precautionary measures taken for legal purposes. What do
you think?

Source: Sony via Maxconsole

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You can contact me at [email protected] Hello, my name is Nikola and I'm Gamnesia's Content Director. My job on this site involves managing all our weekly content, and ensuring that they have a timely release date, but I also contribute with the daily news grind and the occasional editorial. I've grown up with video games, but have only recently taken an active interest in writing and discussing them at a deeper level. My history with games has been very Nintendo-focused, but my tastes have changed a bit over time and I now mostly do my gaming on my PC. If you're interested in my work, you can read a small selection below: Assassin's Creed Unity And The Death of 30 FPS Games Are not Ready to be Art The Rise of PC Gaming: How Valve Conquered a Digital World How Fear of Change Set Console Gaming Back

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