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5comments Rumor: Sony's next system won't play used games
Posted Thu 29th Mar 2012 3:42am by Ruser Saldana
New system called "Orbis," won't be backwards compatible.
According to a Kotaku source, Sony's next console could prevent owners from playing used games. It is reported that games for the system, known as Orbis, will be locked to a single PSN account and must be played on a system with an internet connection.
 
 
Kotaku believes used games "will be limited to a trial mode or some other form of content restriction, with consumers having to pay a fee to unlock/register the full game."
 
Whether or not "Orbis" is the system's actual name or just a codename is not known. It is rumored to have an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU, and will be capable of producing images at a resolution of 4096 x 2160. Even though games will be shipped on blu ray discs (as well as available to download), the console reportedly will not be backwards compatible with the Playstation 3.
 
The Orbis is said to be slated for a holiday 2013 release. Again, this is all rumor for now; no official announcment on Sony's next system had been made.
 

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Patrick S
180 GK Points
Date Posted 03/04/2012 6:06pm
I think that the developers, and publishers have a few issues that they should be able to work out. One of the big things that I have a problem is with online passes. I mean its good if there is a second person who buys the game used. But if your like me and you share the game with a sibling they should be allowed to get a online pass as well. I think they should increase the amount.
Kelly Miller
224 GK Points
Date Posted 03/04/2012 2:30am
Developers would probably be overjoyed by a system that disallows used titles. They would be making more money than they have in years if the public could jump on board. There needs to be some incentive for the consumer however in order to make them feel okay with abandoning used titles. Free multiplayer and more substance than an 8 hour campaign would be an excellent start. There's also the current issue with day one DLC that would need to be addressed.
Ruser Saldana
406 GK Points
Date Posted 02/04/2012 3:55pm
That said, yes, I still thin it's a possibility. Could it have a positive affect on Sony's relationship with developers? Possibly.
Ruser Saldana
406 GK Points
Date Posted 02/04/2012 3:53pm
I can see Sony considering this, but I'd be surprised if they actually went through with it. The effect this would have on its relationship not just with gamers but with retailers could only be bad.
Kelly Miller
224 GK Points
Date Posted 01/04/2012 9:06pm
I can see a lot of people refusing to purchase this because if it's inability to play used titles. Normally what a person will do when they first purchase a new console is grab a few used games to go along with it. Down the line when people are considering which new console to buy It's going to be hard to argue with reasons to buy it if a person cannot even afford a few cheap starter games to go along with it.
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