Sony exec on PS4 pre-owned games: 'We will do the right thing'

Worldwide Studios VP mindful of both consumer and developer desires

A Sony Computer Entertainment exec has said the platform holder is mindful of both the desires of consumers and game developers in relation to the use - and potential blocking - of pre-owned games on PS4.

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Michael Denny, Sony's VP of Worldwide Studios, told CVG that he sees the used games issue as "massively important" and promised the PlayStation firm will "do the right thing" by both parties.

"It's a massively important issue and I understand why it's one that keeps coming up and will keep coming up, because people want to know what the exact stance is," he said in reply to a question about potential pre-owned games prevention.

"At this moment in time the announcements have been about our philosophy and vision for PlayStation 4, our motivation to put the gamer at the heart of it and why we've got the development community on it.

"In relation to points like that, of course we're mindful of what the game development community wants and what the wider industry issues are with those things. I think in good time that will become clearer."

It has been suggested that next-generation consoles could implement measures to prevent the use of used games as developers move to recoup lost revenue, and Sony has patented various technologies related to the blocking of second-hand titles.

According to one report, Microsoft will block the use of pre-owned games on its next-gen Xbox.

Last week Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that used games will function on PlayStation 4, but did not clarify whether players would have 'original owner rights' to second hand games, or need to pay for online passes to access the content.

Pushed on the issue, Sony's Denny would only acknowledge that the firm would do what it sees as "the right thing" by both consumers and the development community.

"It's not something that I feel I have any further announcement or comment to make on, other than to acknowledge with you that it's a massively important issue and of course we are going to do the right thing," he said.

Sony revealed the PlayStation 4 at a New York press conference last week. The PS4 release date is set for "holiday 2013", likely across Japan, Europe and the US.