Low Latency No. 17: The end of an era

What will borrowing a friend's video game look like in the next generation of consoles?

Blake Stevenson

A world without used video games means the days of letting a friend borrow a game are numbered.

While the end of physical media is a certainty, we're not sure how the pursuit of its elimination right now will go over. With anti-used-games technology, unique user IDs, and the requirement of a constant Internet connection, showing a friend a new game might be more of a hassle than it's worth. Of course, we'd imagine there would be ways to sign in on other consoles, but is the reality pictured above that much of a stretch?

Low Latency is a weekly comic on CNET's Crave blog written by CNET editor and podcast host Jeff Bakalar and illustrated by Blake Stevenson. Be sure to check Crave every Thursday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.

About the author

Jeff is a host for CNET video and is regularly featured on CBS and CBSN. He founded the site's longest-running podcast, The 404, and also writes the site's tech comic, Low Latency. He is CNET's senior gaming editor and has an unhealthy obsession with ice hockey and pinball.

Blake Stevenson

Crave cartoonist Blake Stevenson is a full-time Web/graphic designer and illustrator working a day job in marketing. He fills the rest of his time creating illustrations based on his love of music, video games, comics, and old-school pop culture. See full bio

 

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