When Sony confirmed that the next generation PlayStation will in fact play used games everyone joined together and celebrated a victory. What wasn’t confirmed however was whether Sony will be adding DRM for used games.
DRM or Digital Rights Management is the name for the issue that everyone’s wetting themselves over recently with the Xbox One. It’s neither been confirmed or denied that Microsoft’s next generation console will in fact charge for the use of used games but that hasn’t stopped the huge gaming community from throwing their rattles out of their prams.
The main thing that I’ve been reading though is various different versions of the same sentence which goes something like: “Screw you Microsoft, I’m going with the PlayStation 4”. Admittedly the reasons for this sentence does vary, but I’m pointing more towards those who have turned against the Xbox One due to the rumour that it’ll add DRM to used games.
It’s come to light recently that Sony might also be considering this option. In a quote from GameTrailers TV Host Geoff Keighley: “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. I can’t see publishers allowing one system to do one thing more than another,”. I believe Keighley is spot on the money. At the end of the day it’s business, Microsoft isn’t going to implement something that might push sales towards their competitor, the same goes for Sony.
Personally I welcome DRM for used games if retailers take that into account. I’d happily pay a reasonable fee to play a used game just so long as I’ve paid a reasonable amount for the physical copy, and if the money I pay for DRM goes directly to the developers/publishers and not the console manufacturers.