Well, Looks Like The PS4 Will Have Used Games DRM As Well
Microsoft didn’t have the best week after revealing their new console, the Xbox One, on Tuesday evening. The company was lambasted for its direction, being blamed for creating a more media centric console than an actual gaming one. One of the most debated features is the inclusion of a system that is effectively DRM for used games, which has caused somewhat of a divide between people who disagree with it and others who see it as natural progression.
Thing is, Sony has been riding this wave of publicity, coming off seemingly as the “white knight”, with no word about their used games policy. Thing is, unlike Microsoft, they’re refusing to talk about it at all, telling journalists months ago that it was up to publishers to decide and that they were not willing to talk about their plans. Now, according to TV host and industry pundit Geoff Keighley and his sources, it has been rumoured that Sony is aiming to do the exact same thing as Microsoft, seeking DRM on used titles.
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“…The one thing that is amazing to me is that right now we’re not hearing a lot from the game publishers about what their view is on this. The console companies are becoming the bad guys. And, you know, Microsoft is getting beaten up a lot on it. Sony, I think, has been seen as this kind of white knight so far that’s not going to restrict used games. Based on some of the things I’m hearing, I don’t think that’s entirely true, because I can’t see publishers allowing one system to do one thing and one do another.”
Rumours about this circulated as early as last year already, and Sony’s more than vague answers did little to qualm fears, yet somehow people chose to forget about it. It’s actually rather logical when you think about it, because it would be rather absurd to have one console have one system of used games and another console doing the exact opposite. That certainly wouldn’t sit well with publishers.
I’m not going to dive into my opinions on the system because until we know exactly how it works, from both Sony and Microsoft, we can’t really make educated judgements on whether or not it’s good or bad for the industry as a whole. Again, we look to E3 for answers.