Report: Sony Patent Uses ID to Lock Software to One Console

A patent application unearthed by a NeoGAF forum post and picked up by Kotaku reveals that Sony has plans to implement a technology to deal with the use of used games on more than one console. It was rumored before that Sony had plans to deal with used games on its next-generation console currently referred to as the PlayStation 4 or "Orbis." This new patent certainly seems to be a step closer to making it so that a new game will be tied to the first console it is used on. The patent describes the use of an RFID ID stamped onto new discs that would be used expressly for tracking their usage history and restricting further use to one console.

The abstract description is:

"A game playing system includes a use permission tag provided for use in a game disk for a user of a game, a disk drive, and a reproduction device for reproducing the game. The disk drive reads out a disk ID from the game disk. When the game is to be played, the reproduction device conveys the disk ID and a player ID to the use permission tag. The use permission tag stores the terms of use of the game and determines whether a combination of the disk ID and the player ID conveyed from the reproduction device fulfills the terms of use or not."

The patent application number is 20130007892, and is called "ELECTRONIC CONTENT PROCESSING SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC CONTENT PROCESSING METHOD, PACKAGE OF ELECTRONIC CONTENT, AND USE PERMISSION APPARATUS." Yes, it's a mouthful. You can read the whole thing here.

Source: NeoGAF, Kotaku

 

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