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Rumour: Sony Axes PlayStation 4 DRM To Gain Advantage Over The Xbox One



/ 4 years ago

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According to an apparent insider source that GameTrailers were able to speak with the PlayStation 4 will axe all digital rights management schemes on the PlayStation 4 to gain a competitive advantage over Microsoft’s Xbox One. This move apparently comes in response to the massive criticism and backlash that Microsoft has endured after suggesting that used titles could have an activation fee.

By making the PlayStation 4 as open as possible Sony hope that it will attract developers and gamers alike and gain a nice advantage over Microsoft’s Xbox One. Other people in the know about the PlayStation 4 have also come out saying that its DRM scheme is being re-evaluted and a neoGAF user who made many correct pre-launch leaks stated:

“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’.”

An official statement from Sony about how the PlayStation 4 will handle used games is expected in the coming months. I think Sony made a smart decision in letting Microsoft be the guinea pigs that test the water.

What are your thoughts on console DRM and used games?


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  • Wayne

    I don’t care about tons of DRM and the banning of used games on consoles but I have major problems with it on the PC.

    • To semi quote, summarise and alter Anne Frank “First they came for the consoles….and then they came for me!” – I think we should oppose DRM on all platforms.

      • Wayne

        I’m pleased Anne Frank’s diaries are now kept at the Frank residence lest we forget the atrocities. I’m against DRM altogether but I can’t resist taking pokes at consoles (or Apple).

  • Nathaniel Watson

    If we have to shell out as much as $60 every time we get a new game we should be able to access that game from where ever we want. I don’t have to buy a music CD every time i change phones or upgrade my PC. They already have digital libraries for games with PSN, Steam, and XBL; Every game we buy should become part of our library.