Finally any rumours or heresay can be put to rest, Sony has officially stated that there will be no DRM (Digital Rights Management) implemented into the Playstation 4 against used games. This much welcome news comes after rumours were mounting that Sony may indeed implement some sort of measure against used games after they refused to actually address the issue. Recently Sony had their PR department beating around the bush on social media in response to the no DRM campagains that were rallying and gathering support against the idea.
Apparently the question of DRM had already been answered before by Shuhei Yoshida himself and has just recently been rediscovered. His statement is as follows:
“…any requirement for users to register a game online in order to play it would be left to game publishers. Sony won’t require that.”
But, and this could potentially be a big but, Yoshida made specific mention that Sony is not requiring DRM, meaning that developers will be able to place their own forms of DRM on titles if they so wish, probably in similar vein to EA’s recently scrapped online pass scheme, which required users who had purchased a used title to pay an additional fee to access online features of the title.
Measures against being able to play used games in consoles have been a hot topic recently after the Xbox One reveal event showed that there will be some sort of system in place to stop anyone from simply playing a disc based game if they are not the original owner. I am sure many are breathing a sigh of relief with this news, especially those who like to borrow games or buy used for a cheaper price. Stay tuned to Capsule Computers for more news on the PS4 as E3 draws closer.