Sony teases Microsoft with used-game instructional video

Sony pokes fun at Microsoft's new, more restrictive policy on used games by offering an instructional guide for how to share PlayStation 4 games.

PlayStation 4 sharing video
The small print says this applies only to disc-based games. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

We are finally reveling in an influx of details on the fresh rival gaming systems of Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. While the two consoles share a physical resemblance, they diverge in a lot of ways. One major difference involves the handling of used games.

Sony has said there will be no restriction on the PS4 used-game market, while Microsoft is placing restrictions on selling and sharing games.

Microsoft's new policies have given Sony an opening to promote the PS4 as a friendlier alternative to the Xbox One. That has resulted in a tongue-in-cheek video released on the official PlayStation YouTube channel, titled "Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video."

The instructional video takes all of 22 seconds to watch. It features a couple of Sony guys standing in a studio, demonstrating the proper way to share a PS4 game with a friend: by handing it to him. This simple video has already racked up more than 2 million views.

Gamers have long loved the used-game market, especially in an era when new games can easily cost $60 a pop. It's no surprise that Microsoft's changes have raised a considerable amount of ire and commentary. It may not be the end of the used-game market as we know it, but times are certainly changing. At least we can have a good laugh about it.

About the author

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.


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