Sony won't ban PS4 consoles that arrive early to customers

Microsoft made headlines this weekend when it would not allow the few people who got Xbox One consoles sent to them ahead of its November 22nd launch date to use the product online. Microsoft executive Albert Penello later said the temporary bans on these consoles was due to the fact that the company is still trying to stomp out the final bugs in the Xbox One before the launch.

But what if, for some reason, someone gets a PS4 ahead of the U.S. launch date of November 15th, or the European launch scheduled for November 29th? Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, indicated in a Twitter post this weekend that the company won't ban any PS4 consoles that arrive to customers ahead of their launch dates.

Sony has already sent a PS4 to YouTube celebrity "Francis" to try out and the video seemed to indicate he was able to play games on the console. Sony has already announced that there will be a "day one" 300 MB software update for the console that will enable many of its features, including its ability to play Blu-ray movie discs.

Source Shuhei Yoshida on Twitter via Cinema Blend | Image via Sony

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Awesome news Microsoft just keeps giving me more and more reasons to get a PS4. (Not that I actually need any more mind you)

Well you won't get banned but you can't acccess half of the stuff on the console either. DVD/BluRay isn't possible until you get the day one patch (as an example). I think you can only play games with it. Also the XBox One could play games too but you couldn't go online due to the temp ban.

Sony is playing nice with the ban hammer now? The XBOX band is fodder for these types of articles and simple Sony responses to make it appear Sony is playing nice with everyone...

I have a PS3 and its dusty. XBOX One will be hear soon enough.

Not really. If you get a PS4, its been confirmed you won't be able to access PSN. People who received the XB1 early are only temp banned until the official street date. Neither company wants average joe user poking around their online network until everything is fully ready to launch.

What a stupid ****ing contest. I can't wait for this to be over and the Xbox fanboys have their Xbox and the Sony fanboys will have their PS4 and the internet will be quiet. Do Chevy and Ford owners have these petty sniping contests too?

Otto Gunter said,
What a stupid ****ing contest. I can't wait for this to be over and the Xbox fanboys have their Xbox and the Sony fanboys will have their PS4 and the internet will be quiet. Do Chevy and Ford owners have these petty sniping contests too?

You don't know many Chevy/Ford pickup truck owners do you? Have you ever seen those stickers of Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) pis**** on the Chevy/Ford logo?

A much more sensible approach. A certain amount of hardware/software is always going to "escape captivity" before any official launch date. Companies just need to recognize this fact. Sony recognized this problem, and coped. Microsoft...well, they didn't cope.

Good, let those people beta test it like we're all doing for Japan before these consoles launch there. Last gen we started beta testing games *cough*Bethesda*cough* and now we're beta testing firmware and network services.

Sony is a few days from releasing the PS4, and they are not "banning" PS4s that shipped early by not allowing them on PSN. Meaning they have not turned on PSN yet. What I want to know is why? Why have they not turned on PSN? Does Sony have something to hide? Is PSN really ready with the PS4 specific features? It seems like Sony, by not enabling PSN yet, it seems quite suspicious to me.

So that they dont have to "BAN" people like microsoft. Instead they just dont turn it on which is the same thing but people dont panic like seeing the word BAN.

I am just asking a question because it seems highly suspicious. Here we are 4 days away. I have not seen any one post any hands on videos, I cannot walk into one of the massage parlors or auto shops (that part is a little joke because of that broken map) where Sony allows you to try out a PS4 and see PSN being used. All these chances to let users try it out just a couple days before launch, and PSN is MIA.

I think it is not ready. And spinning it as not wanting to "ban" consoles just seems like a convenient excuse. We do know LIVE is working since people had tried it out before having their console temp banned, but Sony has been very quiet about it. What is Sony trying to hide from us?

Maybe Sony, instead of spending all that money on creating an "Official Unboxing" video, they should have spent that money making sure PSN works properly.

Edited by WhatTheSchmidt, Nov 11 2013, 4:54pm :

To be honest I was wandering the same thing. They have XOs to demo at walmart and best buy here but no PS4 to be seen. Likewise online its hard to find ps4 videos yet its due out in a few days. Something is fishy.

The difference here is that the ps4 launches on the 14th in the US so PSN will be live and ready already before the 29th when it launched in euro. The xbox only banned because live isnt ready and they prolly dont want idiots doing something like buying a game and it not working right till they are sure they tested it when it launches on the 22nd or a little before.

Merson316 said,

Because saying two letters in one tweet is trying too hard?
Yes, whatever Microsoft says and does they go out of their way to tweet the opposite. I am starting to think these questions are being fabricated by them only to have them answered. I also find it more hilarious that everything they tweet or publicly proclaim they backtrack and end up doing the same as Microsoft. So to answer your question, yes I think they are trying too hard.

DBrandUSA said,
Yes, whatever Microsoft says and does they go out of their way to tweet the opposite. I am starting to think these questions are being fabricated by them only to have them answered. I also find it more hilarious that everything they tweet or publicly proclaim they backtrack and end up doing the same as Microsoft. So to answer your question, yes I think they are trying too hard.

They are doing the same as MS.

They will "not allow" PSN until release date and MS "banned" from XBL until release.date.

Crimson Rain said,

They are doing the same as MS.

They will "not allow" PSN until release date and MS "banned" from XBL until release.date.


This. Way too much over evaluation going on here. Wonder why...

A Sony rep responded to a question on Twitter. Unless of course you're implying that they hired someone to ask them that question.

They won't ban, but you won't be allowed to Access PSN early. He tweeted something to that effect but I can't be bothered to search through his twitter stream.

Bah, I found the tweet but you can't embed on here -__- It plays out to this effect:

@shodinventeal: @yosp Just said if you get a PS4 early, you CAN connect it to PSN. Score!"
@yosp: "no I did not."

So technically, it is banned - probably depending on you IP address. However, you will be able to download the day one update/patch, so you can at least watch a BD/DVD.

That's what I assume as well. Testers and people who have been granted by Sony/MS to have an early look at their consoles most likely have special logins for PSN/Live so they can test out features and stuff. For the average joe consumer, they're either banned (temporarily til launch date) when they try to access Live, or just not allowed to login (PSN).

Its all just fanboys arguing over which terminology is better lol.

They are saying "No" and making sure there won't be any early shipment.
I think what Microsoft did was right.
Sony is just trying to look like a good guy.

Spicoli said,
HAHAHAHA. And I thought the console war cheap shots could get any stupider.

Where is the cheap shot?

Silversee said,

You're kidding, right?

Dead serious. Explain the cheap shot. I see a Twitter user asking a question and getting a response and not Sony just going out to Twitter and posting that they won't be banning systems like Microsoft did.

FL4T said,

Where is the cheap shot?

It is not really a cheap shot IMO, but I think he is referencing all the screaming and shouting that is going on between the console fanboys that are all initial release issues. The fact that PS4 won't have local media playback from the start for example (but obviously it will be added in a future patch). Or this article suggesting the PS4 launch will somehow be smoother because people receiving consoles early on XBox One are being banned temporarily (while MS works out the kinks).

I'm standing back and not planning to get a new console until sometime next year. By that time so many things will be different it is hardly worth considering either over the other right now. I'm leaning towards PS4 because I have 360 Kinect and am not really that impressed by it. That may all change next year when there are some really awesome Kinect titles that I want to play....who knows?

FL4T said,

Dead serious. Explain the cheap shot. I see a Twitter user asking a question and getting a response and not Sony just going out to Twitter and posting that they won't be banning systems like Microsoft did.


They technically did already ban any systems that will go out, just in a different way (by not being complete):
Sony has already announced that there will be a "day one" 300 MB software update for the console that will enable many of its features, including its ability to play Blu-ray movie discs.

I found these answers of Shuhei rather short. It's always "yes" or "no".
He probably forget or intend to forget typing the "but.." part.

spacer said,
Well in that case, Amazon hurry up and ship my PS4s.

I am confused if the PS4 is so superior to the Xbox one then why is Sony always on the defensive.

duk3togo said,

I am confused if the PS4 is so superior to the Xbox one then why is Sony always on the defensive.

Who said they were superior? And secondly, Microsoft spent a good amount of time on the defensive this year. This has been probably one of the most competitive generations of gaming I've seen, a lot of back and forth between the two.

dead.cell said,

Who said they were superior? And secondly, Microsoft spent a good amount of time on the defensive this year. This has been probably one of the most competitive generations of gaming I've seen, a lot of back and forth between the two.

Sony has claimed to be a superior gaming machine to the Xbox. I can see why MS would get on the defensive because on paper the machine seems inferior to the ps4. Yet Sony is the one giving away the farm.

duk3togo said,
Sony has claimed to be a superior gaming machine to the Xbox. I can see why MS would get on the defensive because on paper the machine seems inferior to the ps4. Yet Sony is the one giving away the farm.

Maybe you got lost in the marketing, but I'm pretty sure that every manufacturer anywhere has the "best" item on the market.

Also, I don't see the problem with consumers getting more thanks to competition.