In about 2 weeks from now, E3 will be upon us and hopefully all our lingering questions on hot-button issues related to the next-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be answered. One of those important topics is DRM implementation and its effect on the used games market.
Just because Sony hasn’t divulged their possible plans for DRM doesn’t mean they don’t have them; a possibility that everybody seems to be ignoring, leading Geoff Keighley to liken their unearned reputation to that of a “kind of white knight” in the latest episode of Bonus Round. He went on to suggest that, from what he’s hearing, Sony fans may be in for a rude awakening;
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.
He makes a very good point. Microsoft has absorbed all of this venom without us even having a clear image of the truth. Fans have let their voices be heard via Twitter since the Xbox One Reveal, urging Sony to keep the PS4 DRM free, and several Sony employees have responded to the outpouring;
This is why I love PlayStation fans- the passion bucket overflows #playstation
— John Koller (@jpkoller) May 27, 2013
I love passionate #PlayStation Fans!!
— Scott Rohde (@RohdeScott) May 27, 2013
To all the fans, with a special mention to GAFfers, I *love* your passion. It convinces me that the path I chose 31 years ago was right.
— Shahid Kamal Ahmad (@shahidkamal) May 27, 2013
Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you. <3
— Nick Accordino (@Nikoro) May 27, 2013
The thing is, all four of those responses reference the passion on display from their fans, whilst doing nothing to specifically alleviate their concerns. So, again, we just have to be patient and wait for E3. Hopefully both companies listen to reason.