Last week I was one of the people who stayed up late (I’m in the UK) to watch what everybody correctly guessed was the PS4 announcement. I sat on the sofa watching on my laptop while tweeting from my iPhone, generally mocking and complaining with the odd positive comment thrown in. Much has been said about the PS4 since they revealed it in all it’s translucent invisible glory, some good some bad and for what it’s worth here’s what I think.
The question regarding used games was kinda sorta maybeish answered and then analysed to the point it no longer felt anything like an answer. For me though the fact that the system wont be backwards compatible feeds into this. Sony are stating that the PS3 back catalogue will (at some point) be available for digital download and presumably this means that PS4 games will be available also. What with launch titles historically being thin on the ground titles from the previous generation would be quite widely played. If the console isn’t backwards compatible with physical media then they are going to need to have a wide range of PS3 games available digitally at launch which again seems unlikely as PS3 digital purchases wont carry over to PS4.
Pricing is a massive part of all of this and could well break the gamers back. I’m an XBOX owner and when games are released digitally they tend to be £20 ($30) which for a digital download is quite pricey especially seeing as that price remains static and used games prices drop over time. Add to this the fact that people may well have already shelled out for these games once already, asking them to pay for them again is going to be cheeky to say the least.
For these reasons having a concession price for people that already owned the game would be fair however then comes the issue of how do they prove they already owned it. Well Sony your a big boy and to be honest you should take it on the chin. The only way to do it would be if it shows in the players games history which could mean it was their copy, rented, borrowed or god forbid stolen. The point being penalising the masses to try and claw some money out of the minorities is bad business. Remember Sony we are living in a world where Amazon are offering customers a free digital copy of any album they ever bought from them, it’s time to think forwards not backwards.