Xbox One Used Game DRM Backlash Caused Sony To Take Action?
The pre-owned game plan the Xbox One has apparently adopted didn't go over well. In fact, it totally pissed everyone off. Really badly.
Sony followers immediately responded by making one thing plain: They really, really don't want to see any sort of DRM involved with the PlayStation 4, or any kind of hidden fees or "spot-checks" associated with used gaming.
The good news is that Sony management responded to the passionate fan outcry, and that may have had a significant impact. In fact, according to Gematsu, Sony is taking that backlash very seriously. The reports are that Sony was indeed planning some sort of DRM program for the PS4, but now they're thinking twice.
Several sources on NeoGAF have issued the following statements on the important subject at hand:
"The jist of it is that Sony is listening to the backlash that Microsoft (MS) is getting and they are basing decisions off of this...I would assume MS is also, but I don’t know that for sure. But I can say, for sure, that the past week’s PR nightmare for MS has not been lost on Sony and they, in fact, do have a used game ‘solution’ working and have been going back and forth for months on whether to use it. This past week is pushing them strongly into ‘Yeah, let’s not use that.’"
"I just heard on Friday that [the used games DRM] wasn’t [coming]. I didn’t want to come right out and post about it because leak-y individuals like myself are getting a bit too much attention. and I don’t care about myself, but I’m not really looking to get my friends into trouble. But I’ve confirmed it with a second person so I got dumb and posted it."
Do these sources really know what they're talking about? We'll have to wait and see. But if true, it means Sony dodged a definite bullet by letting Microsoft announce their DRM plans first. Then, from relative safety, Sony was able to make the decision to ax their own similar program...and maybe still come out smelling like a rose. Nobody has to know, right? ;)
5/27/2013 10:33:51 PM Ben Dutka