Sony: PS4 will play used games

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will play pre-owned games, despite earlier reports.

Shuhei Yoshida

“That’s the general expectation by consumers,” he explained, before confirming the capability to Eurogamer.

“They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that’s my expectation.”

Eurogamer later heard from a separate Sony source that the patent that started rumours of second-hand games being blocked didn’t in fact relate to PS4.

Yoshida was less transparent on the European release date however. While the date is set for Christmas for the US and Japan, Europe has traditionally seen a later release for consoles.

“Europe is an enormously important market,” he said.

“That’s no question. So I hope European consumers can play PS4 as soon as it’s available somewhere, but I’m not making promises.”

PlayStation 3 launched in Europe a full four months after the US and Japan, and fans will be keen to hear reassurance the same delays won’t happen again.

“For one thing the system has to be complete and we have to understand the manufacturing pace of it. Then we have to kind of look at the demand predictions and we have to decide whether we can go global or like [the rumour]. So it takes more time for us to know that.”



Yoshida Refuses to Commit to 2013 Release for The Last Guardian

Announced back in 2009, The Last Guardian was originally set to release in 2011. That didn’t happen. The release date was then pushed back to 2012. That hasn’t happened. So perhaps we’ll be lucky the third time around with a 2013 release date? Don’t get too hopeful.

Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida wouldn’t confirm a 2013 release date for the title, saying that he didn’t want to risk disappointing fans. He told JeuxVideo (translated):

No, sorry, I can not say that … Because the last time we talked about a date for The Last Guardian, we ended up disappointing a lot of people. But I can tell you that the team is working hard on the project, including the engine. It is precisely because the team is working on the technical aspect of the game that we have nothing concrete to show you today. So now I’m waiting for the right time to introduce you to The Last Guardian and speak with confidence of a release date.

If The Last Guardian doesn’t release in 2013, but does actually come out, it’s highly possible that the game could release after the PS4 – which rumors suggest will be in late 2013. But Yoshida has squashed any notion of the title being brought out on PS4, meaning that it would be a very late PS3 release. That’s if it ever comes out.