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.
7.1. 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?