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08 July 2011
There's a couple of things to think about here.
1. The games rental market will be badly damaged, as renters won't be able to play online - that's 1 revenue stream which will become lost to Sony and the developers eventually.
2. What if your playstation breaks?
3. Or, as Sony keeps introducing new ones, what happens if you upgrade to a Slim, or A.N. Other version? Will I be blocked from playing my own games online, on my own system unless I fork out again for a new license? Or will it be logged against my cloud based account on the Playstation Network?
4. (this is just to point out an error in someone's logic earlier) The second hand market does make Game/HMV, etc money, granted - but they also pay the person who brought it in money or credit too! They don't just appear on their shelves for free.... Equally, by the same logic, if someone took a CD or Blu-ray to a friends house to watch, or chose to sell it on... should the new owner fork over some money to the artist/production house before they can use it? It's the same logic, but the 'profit' is made on the original sale, re-sale isn't the same thing.
5. Do you think it might just work that Sony will be able to provide authorised re-sellers with fresh access codes for second hand buyers to use? In a recent games launch, Sony had forgotten to provide codes inside the games themselves for a limited edition version. So they just gave the retailers a list of codes and told them to give them out to people at point of sale.
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