A smiling Jack Tretton revealed that the PlayStation 4 will have "no restrictions" on used games - as well as reiterating the system will not require an always-on internet connection for single-player games.
In a slide detailing Sony's policies on used games and connectivity, Tretton confirmed that disc-based PS4 games can be traded in without restriction, borrowed from friends, or kept for life.
"Yes, that's a good thing," he said to a cheering group of fans at the Pre-E3 2013 Sony Press Briefing.
In May, Sony President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said that the company never considered an always-on PlayStation 4 console.
"Did we consider it? No, we didn't consider it," Yoshida said. "The main reason being that many countries don't have robust Internet connections. It makes sense for people to have Internet connections to play online games, but for offline games there are many countries that we saw [that] do not really have robust Internet."
Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console will require authentication, at least every 24 hours, and has restrictions on trading games to stores and lending them to friends.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 250 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Accelerometer, Gyroscopic
- Video outputs HDMI (v1.3), RCA / composite
- Released 2012-09-25
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