Sony updated its Sofware Usage Terms today, and in doing so has created a worry for some gamers. Specifically, the new ToS document mentions two things concerning the monitoring of communication and the resale of games.
7.1.You must not resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly authorised by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher.
It’s unclear if this means that “Reseller” is defined as a shop like GAME for example, or if it means that a game cannot be traded by users. If it means the latter then it will be interesting to see which publisher, if any, limits the ability to trade in.
Of course, such a policy would fly in the face of the overwhelming customer support Sony received during this year’s E3 for saying it wouldn’t follow any practice like the one mentioned above.
Sony also says that they will be monitoring its online service, the PlayStation Network, which will require users to subscribe to PlayStation Plus if they want to play online games on the PS4.
14. Are we monitoring PSN?
14.1. Yes but we can’t monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so. However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you.
You can read the entire Software Usage Terms at Sony’s official site. What do you think? Will we see an un-tradeable game anytime soon? If so, from whom? Let us know what you think in the comments below.