It doesn’t appear that Sony has any intentions on enforcing it, but they are making it clear that they have the right to stop the PlayStation 4 end user from selling their games. In a recent update to the new terms of service for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, the company has included the following.
You must not resell either disc-based or downloadable games says the updated TOS
In section 7.1 of the TOS, Sony’s legal team writes: “You must not resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly authorized by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher.”
So does this mean that Sony will actually enforce this policy straight away on the PlayStation 4? Not likely, it would pretty much paint them as pulling off the biggest lie of all time in the gaming industry. After all, they are the company who used this exact feature as the major selling point for the PlayStation 4 back at E3.
Though this inclusion in the terms of service could be Sony setting themselves up for policy changes later down the line. This wouldn’t be the first feature on a PlayStation console that had been removed after release. Sony came under criticism in back in 2011 for the removal of their Linux tools on the platform. After Sony took legal action against those looking to re-implement the Linux feautres, the company was under attack by hacking group, Anonymous. The group managed to take down the PlayStation Network for over a month while accessing sensitive customer data on Sony’s unsecured servers.