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Sony: No Trade-in Restrictions, No Authentication for PS4 Games

Posted on June 10, 2013 AT 07:50pm

Sony took another very clear, undeniable shot at Microsoft during their pre-E3 press conference by announce that PlayStation 4 will have no used game/trade-in restrictions, and will not remotely be always on or require authentication.

During his presentation, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Jack Tretton specifically cited terminology used by Microsoft when listing all the ways Sony and PlayStation 4 will contrast their next-gen competitor.

According to Tretton, the Sony will not place restrictions on used game sales, be it at retailers or between PS4-equipped friends, will not require gaming authentication by having PS4 phone home, and will not require an always-on connection for media outside of the obvious (online multiplayer, Netflix, other generally accepted Internet-required usage of the console).

And just to put the nail in that coffin, at the conclusion of the press event, Sony reiterated their dedication to consumer rights and consumer trust.

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