Another year, another increasingly hard-line attempt to quash the used game market. PC gamers rarely have to worry about used games, but console gamers can look forward to a new approach from Sony that links individual game disc ID’s to a player’s ID when they are inserted for the first time — and then subsequently checks for an ID match, preventing that game from being played on new device.
The system, according to a patent discovered here, works via a contactless RF tag that is shipped blank and only set once the user inserts the disc into the device for the first time.
It should be pointed out that this isn’t the first time Sony or other companies have patented technology such as this and then not implemented it, and it’s no indicator that the next PlayStation will incorporate this sort of tech. But it’s something to think about.