PS4 Used Games to Include DRM Too?
Say it isn’t so!
Both Microsoft and Sony have announced their new consoles, and while both are very different in terms of features — and hell, reception — there’s one thing they share in common, and that’s how both companies are handling the topic of used games.
Used games are one of the biggest concerns for consumers going into the next generation, and Microsoft equivocally dodged the bullet at their Xbox One press event last week, but after being berated by media and fans alike, coming clean about it has a been a complete and utter PR disaster.
Sony has already confirmed that the PlayStation 4 would support used games, but they too have not been clear about how second-hand software will be handled, and this has left consumers waiting to hear whether or not Sony will take the same route Microsoft is rumored to be taking, which involves paying additional fees to activate previously owned games, in addition to taking a cut of sales from retailers who sell them.
Geoff Keighley, from GameTrailers, has reason to believe that Sony will follow in Microsoft’s footsteps by considering DRM for pre-owned games, stating, “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.”
He has a point, but as it stands right now, it seems like the common consensus is that the PS4 and the Xbox One are targeting different consumers with the PS4 aiming for a more gamer-centric approach with its apps and ease of use for developers, and the Xbox One looking to appeal to the average living room and Kinect focus. So it’s not entirely too much of a stretch for one console to go one direction from the other. This, of course, has yet to be seen.
Earlier this year, on the subject of used games, Sony VP of Worldwide Studios, Michael Denny said “It’s not something that I feel I have any further announcement or comment to make on other than to acknowledge with you that it’s a massively important issue, and of course we are going to do the right thing.”
While we likely won’t find out anything conclusive about the state of used games until E3, one thing is for sure, and that’s the passion and dedication of PlayStation gamers.
After the news of the Xbox One’s complete DRM system, gamers started an anti-DRM campaign on Twitter with its sights set on Sony, to which Sony’s head of hardware marketing, John Koller responded, “This is why I love PlayStation fans — the passion bucket overflows.” SCEA producer, Nick Accordino added, “Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you.”
Let’s hope Sony doesn’t disappoint. If you’re curious to see what’s being tweeted out there, just check out #PS4noDRM and #PS4UsedGames on Twitter.
Are used games a big issue for you? What are your thoughts? Let us know below, or tweet us @ingloriousgamer with #PS4noDRM.