The next evolution of home console gaming is shaping up like a dystopian Philip K. Dick short story. Refueled by the latest PlayStation 4 rumor, signs continue to point to a future in which games are no longer really yours to own, instead just a virtual right to play — just as long as you’re connected to the Internet, have a unique ownership ID, and aren’t playing a used copy.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of this either; a January report says Microsoft’s next machine will attempt to thwart used games too.
Of course Sony hasn’t confirmed any of these supposedly leaked details, but is it really out of the realm of possibility? The Vita is a prime example of the company’s piracy paranoia. It’s locked down and vacuum-sealed, made painfully apparent by how tedious it is doing trivial things like transferring files between device and computer. The reason for all the red tape? To combat piracy.
Given this recent display of aggressive protection, reading a rumor about a PlayStation 4 that’s just as meticulously locked down isn’t too hard to swallow.
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