ps4conceptWhen 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.

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Piss off, then. I actually enjoy consumer rights and the first sale doctrine. If you don’t want to actually own the games you pay for, and are fine with a system that will result in a library of unusable games at some indeterminate point in the future, then fine–but if you’re a sane human like the rest of us, you’ll see that it’s crap. Want to cut out the retailer? Buy downloadable games. But don’t make excuses for having this crap foisted on the physical market, too–and don’t be outraged when it turns out that the hardware manufacturers and publishers… Read more »

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You’re right, if manufacturers do decide to reap the profits of used game DRM I’ll be pretty annoyed. But unfortunately business is business. Chances are if they do introduce DRM the used game market will most likely plummet which would probably mean the end of pre-owned next generation games.

At the end of the day it hasn’t been confirmed or denied so I’ll try and reserve some judgement until E3.


I’m looking forward to E3 as well. The lack of clear policy statements has become the more annoying part; at least if they just came out and said what their policy is, I would know whether or not to start saving for their console.
If both console manufacturers adopt a license-based model, I’ll just buy a Wii U. (The prospect of which makes me sad–but weak gaming is better than no gaming, and better than being herded into a consumer-hostile ecosystem.)