In an announcement that resulted in the fans cheering Sony’s name, Jack Tretton announced there would be no DRM on used games for the Sony Playstation 4. Consumers will be able to trade their games, lend them out, buy used, break the disc in half– Sony cares not.
In Tretton’s words,
“Yes, that’s a good thing. We believe in the model that people embrace today with PlayStation 3 and continue to demand. We just heard you there. When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to the game, they can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to another friend or keep it forever.”
But wait, there’s more.
“In addition, PlayStation 4 disc-based games don’t need to be connected online to play.”
“Or for any type of authentication. If you enjoy playing single-player games offline, PS4 won’t require you to check in online periodically. And it won’t stop working if you haven’t authenticated within 24 hours.”
The cheers grew louder and louder as Sony flaunted the faults of Microsofts Xbox One, and how they will not be replicating them.
One thing Sony failed to shed light on was the fact PS4 users will be required to be Playstation Plus members to enjoy online multiplayer. If you look at the fine print in the video linked above, you will see it says “PS4 Multiplayer online access requires PSN account & PS Plus subscription”. A move very similar to Microsofts Xbox 360, and upcoming Xbox One.
Fortunately, this was the only disappointing part of Sony’s E3 press conference. Your move Microsoft.