OK, maybe it's not the end of the world
However, a recent article on yahoo talks about how the PS4 and next gen Xbox may exclude used games, or may possibly not even use physical media. Although I personally think this is unlikely, the article is worth reading.
The article also says:
Think this worst-case scenario is that far off? Think again. It's already starting to happen. Every EA game sold for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 now has anti-used game components built in. New games ship with one-time use codes that give the original owner access to online game play and features. If you try and play one of these titles without the code on a different console or gamertag, it'll cost you extra to get online.
This is a good point. However, I don't think that's such a terrible thing. Basically, these codes are an incentive for people to purchase the game new (and spend more money). This is NOT the same thing as not being able to play a used game -rather, you simply lose out on some "exclusive bonuses". However, these said bonuses can of course come back in the GoTY edition, which many games seem to include. So, that does not bother me one bit.
Of course Sony hasn't confirmed any of these supposedly leaked details, but is it really out of the realm of possibility? The Vita is a prime example of the company's piracy paranoia. It's locked down and vacuum-sealed, made painfully apparent by how tedious it is doing trivial things like transferring files between device and computer. The reason for all the red tape? To combat piracy.
Perhaps, but if you can still play used games on it, I don't really care how difficult it is to transfer files from the computer etc.
This week's PS4 rumor suggests that all games would be tied to a single PSN ID -- so could one sign into their ID on a friend's console thus allowing the "sharing" of the game? We just don't know yet.
I don't like this one bit. At least, the notion that you have to login to play a game. Again, I don't think that will happen, at least not for all games. I can certainly see it for any MMORPG, but if that were to be the case for all games, then I would simply stop purchasing games. Again, I don't think that will happen, and I do think the article raises good points about the future of gaming.