PlayStation 4 Will Not Block Used Games, 4K Support For ‘Personal Media’ Only

Recent rumors leading up to the PlayStation 4’s reveal suggested the platform would block users from playing used games in an attempt at cutting out the used game market.

Speaking to Sony president Shuhei Yoshida, Eurogamer has learned that this is will not be the case. Allegedly, an anti used-game patent discovered last month, in fact, had nothing to do with the PlayStation 4 at all.

That’s the general expectation by consumers,” said Yoshida. “They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation.”

He later said that the official word was that “used games can play on PS4.”

Speaking to Polygon, Yoshida also commented on the PlayStation 4’s media output resolution, confirming that 4K would only be supported for “personal media” like photos and “camcorder videos” recorded in 4K format.

It will not be supported for video games as games on the PlayStation 4 do not play at that rate.

Learn everything we know about the recently revealed Sony PlayStation 4 right here.

  • Chuckz28

    With the onslaught of 4k that will come much faster than HD, I am really surprised to hear that it won’t even support upscaled 4k for games in the future. I am a little upset about that but a solid confirmation of being able to play used media seals the deal for me. I will definetly be buying.

    • BOSS jediZOHAN

      4K TVs will have built-in up-scaling when they first become popular. Most GPUs these days can’t output 4K at all, so a console having it is pretty unrealistic for at least a couple years.

  • Jamic

    Yay, used games !
    Maybe I’ll consider PS4 as an option now but it really comes to price anymore.

    But I always thought that 4k not being supported for gaming was kinda no brainer, lets just see how long developers can hold onto 1080p shall we ?

  • The Army Ranger

    Of course the PS4 wasn’t going to support 4K. That would be too big of a step to make. If 4K were to be supported in video gaming, then I’d see PCs as being the first to be able to do so.