Sony Is Not Banning The Resale of Physical and Digital Games

Despite rumors that started spreading earlier this week, Sony is not making new plans for banning the resale of physical and digital PS5 games. After the PlayStation Software Usage Terms were updated, focus mistakenly fell upon a clause that had been part of the terms of service for several years.

Sony has always asked players not to resell their games
Section 7 of the PlayStation Software Usage Terms contains a term that reads: “You must not resell either disc-based games or digital games, unless expressly authorized by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher”. Rumors Sony would prohibit the resale of physical games started when players began to look for differences between the old and new versions of the Terms, and this phrase led some people to believe a ban on reselling games was going to be coming soon.

This section isn’t new however and has been in the Terms since the birth of the PlayStation franchise. Those who still have physical PlayStation 1 games in their collection will even find a similar phrase printed on the back of the box of each title.

While the phrase may exist within the Software Usage Terms, it would be practically impossible to prevent the resale of physical games, and Sony seems to acknowledge this. When the phrase caused concern back in 2013, then President of SIE Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida expressly gave his permission for players to be “able to sell or share your disc PS4 products:”

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well, that's surely a relief fr


Good on them for it they shouldn't have that say anyways