eBay is taking down any auctions for the PS4 that contain the Silent Hills playable teaser, or P.T.
The demo was released before the announced cancellation of Silent Hills. Since then, Konami pulled P.T from the Playstation Network, as well as making any account holders who have a copy of P.T to be unable to download the title, giving them a ‘licence expired’ message.
For a few days now, it has been reported that eBay has been the host of several PS4 systems up for grabs, some going for several hundred dollars. These require either PlayStation Network account information, or the system must be set as the primary for the PSN account so that the purchaser may play the game on any account on the system.
eBay has since taken down almost all listings of Playstation 4 systems with the P.T demo, as well as sending messages to users as to why their listings were removed. According to the email (as reported by Kotaku):
You may sell products on recordable devices (such as VHS tapes, audio tapes, CD-Rs, and DVD-Rs) if you are the copyright owner or are authorized by the owner to sell the product. This information must be clearly documented in your listing.
In order to ensure a safe and smooth transaction for buyers, we review listings for items that contain pre-installed media and software. We require gaming consoles to be restored to factory settings before they are allowed to be sold on eBay. Please remove all games and content from your device before you attempt to list your console again. Please be sure your current and future listings follow these guidelines, keeping in mind that additional listing violations could result in further actions on your account.
The policy cited in the email above is not exactly the same wording, however, in eBay’s own support document:
Most new video game consoles, that support online gameplay, will save your personal information used for logging into those networks. Before selling your video game console, it is highly recommended to go into the settings area, and reset the console back to factory default settings.
eBay has removed listings in a similar fashion before, removing auctions of iPhones due to containing a download of the game Flappy Bird. Those listings eventually migrated towards Craigslist for a time.
So is eBay doing the right thing by calling on their policy? Leave your comment’s below.