Sony: We Never Intended To Use DRM To Restrict Used Games
Microsoft may have changed their intended DRM policies for the Xbox One, but Sony never planned to do any such thing.
Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House told The Guardian (as cited by Polygon) that his company hadn't intended to block used games via DRM (Digital Rights Management).
House said Sony started answering questions about the possible adoption of DRM policies when the PS4 was first unveiled in February. But he said they were "slightly perplexed" because they had zero intention of "changing from a model that I think has served us really well for several platform life-cycles." Everyone continued to talk about the subject, though, so Sony opted to play off that during their E3 press conference (which SCEA president Jack Tretton did admirably). Hence, the ensuing love-fest for the PS4.
House added that he wasn't aware of any lobbying to include restrictions on used games sales from big publishers, either. Also, don't forget that Sony is a game publisher as well, so it's important to strike a "very careful balance" between game creators, customers and retailers. As for the customer specifically, House had this to say:
"Having said that, however, the consumer sees ownership as a very key benefit when purchasing a physical product. And the flipside of the argument is that retailers will tell you that the vast majority of trade-in value gets immediately repurposed into new purchases of games, and those people in turn generate word of mouth and create more interest."
Is the lack of DRM one of the big reasons you've decided to purchase the PS4? Was it a determining factor?
7/5/2013 10:54:51 AM Ben Dutka