Rumor: Sony Has Used Games DRM For PlayStation 4, Might Drop It After Xbox One BacklashMay 27, 2013
Sony has the element of surprise after the Xbox One’s cold reception. Will they use it to their advantage and drop the PlayStation 4’s used games DRM?
Rumors have been circulating for a while now that Sony has some sort of used games DRM in mind for the PlayStation 4, but they’ve really been playing their cards close to their chest. It was a smart move for Sony to stay mum about the subject and let Microsoft take the hit when they announced their own used games DRM at the Xbox One unveiling last week. It’s no secret that this news has been a complete PR nightmare for the company, and they’ve been backpedaling and sending mixed messages on the subject ever since. As I mentioned in my impressions of the Xbox One unveiling, Sony now has the upper hand and a huge opportunity to possibly wipe out their competition from the outset, with a game-centric focus, more powerful hardware, and the possibility of no used games fees.
Now word is coming out that Sony indeed intended to use some sort of anti-Gamestop measure of DRM with the PlayStation 4, but may go back on those plans after witnessing the outrage from the community after the Xbox One reveal. On this week’s episode of GameTrailer’s Bonus Round, Geoff Keighley gave his thoughts on the Xbox One DRM, stating, “Sony, I think has been seen as this sort of white knight, so far, who’s not going to restrict used games. Based on some of the things I’m hearing, I don’t think that’s entirely true.”
NeoGaf poster FamousMortimer, who appears to be some kind of industry insider, expands upon Keighley’s claims. “The jist of it is that Sony is listening to the backlash that Microsoft (MS) is getting and they are basing decisions off of this. I would assume MS is also, but I don’t know that for sure. But I can say, for sure, that the past week’s PR nightmare for MS has not been lost on Sony and they, in fact, do have a used game ‘solution’ working and have been going back and forth for months on whether to use it. This past week is pushing them strongly into ‘Yeah, let’s not use that.’ FamousMortimer has proven the veracity of his claims in the past, perfectly forecasting the PlayStation 4 reveal ahead of time.