Sony: PS4 supports used games, doesn't need to be connected, and won't require you to check-in online

Sony has criticised Microsoft for its attitude towards supporting used games, needing an online connection, and so on by saying it will do none of those things.

"PlayStation supports used games, doesn't need to be connected, and won't require you to check-in online," were the strong words from Sony at its E3 press conference, much to the delight of the gamers in the crowd.

Sony went on to say that gamers will be able to: "Trade in games at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever."

The approach is in stark contrast to Microsoft, which has announced that gamers won't have the same freedom on the Xbox One.

Microsoft has said it would leave it up to games publishers whether or not they want gamers to trade games into participating retailers, rather than being able to do so automatically. As for gifting (or selling) games to your friends, they must have joined Xbox Live at least 30 days beforehand and that furthermore, each game bought can be gifted only once, to combat a one time purchase being handed out an infinite number of times through a simple disc install.

To help enforce this the Xbox One will have an online requirement with the console needing to "check-in" to the internet once every 24 hours, not only to confirm game installs are legitimate in Microsoft's eyes, but to look for system updates.

It looks like Sony might have won that round of sparring. The Sony PlayStation 4 is also going to be £80 cheaper at launch.