Sony files patent for tech to block used games

Technology giant submits application for "Electronic Content Processing System" that would tie individual game discs to one user account.

Orbis is just a code name for the PlayStation 4... or is it?

Sony has researched and filed a patent for new technology that could be implemented to block used games.

As spotted by a NeoGAF user, patent application No. 20130007892 for an "Electronic Content Processing System" and "Use Apparatus" would associate individual game discs with matched user accounts.

Games that are discovered to be tied to another user's account could potentially be rejected. The system works, according to the document, by attaching contactless RF "tags" to each game that can be be read without a network connection.

The filing does not mention any specific system for the technology's use. However, past speculation suggested Sony was interested in curbing second-hand sales with the PlayStation 4.

Read more of Sony patents tech to block used games at GameSpot.

 

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