So here’s the deal. Surely it’s widely known by now that Sony had a patent registered that will possibly have an effect on the future of gaming or at the very least, an effect on whether or not some individuals will buy Sony’s next-gen PlayStation (PS4).
For those of you who don’t know, here’s a quick rundown of what happened. Sony filed for a patent which essentially tag a game disc with information that bind it to whichever system it is originally played on and the PSN user that played it, which in turn threatens the concept of buying used games. While Sony has not said anything about if this will be built into the next console, one can’t help but assume that it might.
In a article I myself posted on Examiner.com, I pointed out three main questions that this brings to the table:
- Will Sony use this for the next-generation PlayStation (PS4)?
- How much will this affect the sales of the system if they go through with this?
- Will Microsoft follow suit and also do something like this?
The importance of a patent of that nature is that development companies affected by the resale business. Say if a game like Call of Duty sells a million copies within the first 48-hours and is traded 500,000 times: What do the developers see from the 500,000 copies resold? Nothing. Now, games like Call of Duty surely are unaffected by used game sales. But what about companies like Atlus or Sega or Naughty Dog?
This presents even more to think about. Smaller companies can benefit from this and they should be entitled to money that can be made on a well developed game. Sometimes this doesn’t happen due to used game sales and is also a theory as to why DLC is such a big deal. A chance to make that lost money back. So here’s the new question…
If Sony decides to go through with this process and it becomes something Microsoft also follows suit in doing, will DLC become obsolete or will gaming companies still try to “nickel and dime” you for all the money they can possibly get? There is one thing for sure that this patent has brought upon us all as gamers. The patent brings several questions that lots of us no doubt seek answers to.
This is as much a personal rant as it is a discussion. What questions do you have? What answers do you have for the ones presented in this article? Are you for or against this? Let your voice be heard. Or maybe we should just start a KickStarter against this patent, eh? No? It was a thought…