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Blocking Used Games and Requiring Constant Online Connection? Nope and Nada

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After last night’s PS4 media blitz, some of SCEI’s main people (mostly Shuhei Yoshida) have been peeling back many of rumors that in the months following the reveal, people all around the gaming community were stressing about.

Eurogamer: Does the console always need to be connected to the internet?

Shuhei Yoshida: You can play offline, but you may want to keep it connected. The system has the low-power mode – I don’t know the official term – that the main system is shut down but the subsystem is awake. Downloading or updating or you can wake it up using either the tablet, smartphone or PS Vita.

Eurogamer: Are all of those things optional? For people who have broadband data limits, for example? They can customise everything?

Shuhei Yoshida: Oh yes, yes, you can go offline totally. Social is big for us, but we understand there are some people who are anti-social! So if you don’t want to connect to anyone else, you can do that.

…followed by…

Eurogamer: One of the questions my readers really want an answer to is whether you’re going to block the use of second-hand or ‘used’ games, because it’s a huge concern for them.

Shuhei Yoshida: Do you want us to do that?

Eurogamer: No. I think if you buy something on a disc you have a kind of moral contract with the person you’ve bought it from that you retain some of that value and you can pass it on. Do you agree?

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

Eurogamer: So if someone buys a PlayStation 4 game, you’re not going to stop them reselling it?

Shuhei Yoshida Aaaah. [Asks PR adviser.] So what was our official answer to our internal question? [Consults adviser.] So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?


So there you have it. You can play offline AND still use eventual used PS4 games. Time to put those rumors to bed.

The full interview with Shuhei Yoshida can be found here. Yoshida also discusses other things related to the event and even discusses that he Tweeted all of the crazy Kaz gifs to Kaz Hirai himself, but never got a reply.