Sony: Third-Party DRM Refers to Playing Used Games Online Only

"During an interview with GameTrailers, Jack Tretton said that, “The DRM decision is going to have to be answered by the third parties, it’s not something we’re going to control, or dictate, or mandate, or implement.” The internet immediately exploded, with many on Twitter accusing Sony of walking back their statements from the presser last night.

Rather than speculate, we went directly to Sony to find out what’s going on. Turns out, it’s a very similar system to what’s in place on the PS3 now."

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Philoctetes1747d ago

Figured that was the case, but glad to see clarification.

Gandalf1747d ago

"Turns out, it’s a very similar system to what’s in place on the PS3 now."

"Journalists" always be trying to twist the truth. >_>

theBAWSE1747d ago (Edited 1747d ago )

Was some sites trying to get hits and give the Xbox fanboys some hope lol

Everyone else knew it was same as ps3

blitz06231747d ago

It's pretty pathetic not even journalists know what exactly DRM is. Sony just pointed out 3rd party publishers can still implement their own DRM just so they don't get accused of lying or whatever but in truth, it's the same as the PS3.

darthv721747d ago

sony wins out either way. you have to be PS+ member to play online.

Sony profits from the sale of 3rd party titles both directly and indirectly. Sneaky, but very smart.

JokesOnYou1747d ago (Edited 1747d ago )

"The DRM decision is going to have to be answered by the third parties, it’s not something we’re going to control, or dictate, or mandate, or implement.”

Hold on what? ps4 will have used game drm, if publishers decide, wow if true thats dirty cause sony said outright there were no used game restrictions(fees) for ps4.

Ok so will they or wont they just want to know what their talking about in plain English.

gaffyh1747d ago

@JOY -Did you actually read the story? It means they won't have online passes for their own games but third party can do whatever they want. EXACTLY the ame as this gen.

JokesOnYou1747d ago (Edited 1747d ago )

Well gaffyh sony said very specifically the ps4 wouldn't have any used game restrictions, yeah this is the same as ps3 and better than X1 but he didnt say that last night on stage, this means publisher's can charge a fee for a used game multiplayer which IS a restriction, even last night most comments/media thought this wasnt the case based on what sony said on stage.

I mean no publisher has announced a drm fee for X1 yet its terrible but it could easily turn out that gery few use it due to backlash but you guys aren't concerned at all about being locked out of multiplayer for a used game? Come on, really?

xxBiG_BoSSxx1747d ago


Actually, Sony very specifically said "no new restrictions." Jack was very specific. Sony has been very specific on this matter. For some reason people refuse accept that their policy is different.

Not sure why you would care anyway. You say you're interested in the One, you should have no qualms if the ps4 were have similar restrictions.

Which they don't.

Awesome_Gamer1747d ago

Yep, I knew it. ''Gaming journalists'' lately have showed they're truly pathetic.



Now you are just being silly playing the fool... De-bubbled.

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SilentNegotiator1747d ago

So much for all of the baseless crowing about Ps4 using the same system as Xbone.

I'm still not happy that online play is no longer free, but they've proven to be the lesser of two evils by a mile.

MariaHelFutura1747d ago

Honestly, making it part of PS+ is the smartest thing they could have done.

mushroomwig1747d ago

I can't believe they even had to clarify that, thanks to amateur internet journalists for making it something it wasn't.

ThatCanadianGuy5141747d ago

Thank PSLS.They love to twist things out of context.

wenaldy1747d ago

OT PSLS is banned in Neogaf btw.

ThatCanadianGuy5141747d ago

Good.Never liked that site and never will.
Always with site members approving their own submissions or spamming their own submission with comments to heat it up and get it to the front page, etc.

Just so scummy.

bicfitness1747d ago

Xbox fanatics need something to cling to. Let them have their delusions.

longcat1747d ago

yeah, lets think this we really want them on our psn?

xbone is the best!!

gamertk4211747d ago

@pedro. That's the beauty of crossgame and party chat. I haven't had to listen to idiots online in years! Loved it on 360, and I'll love it on XB1 and PS4.

bicfitness1747d ago

All this means is certain greedy publishers (EA) might try some online pass bullshit again. Nothing changes between the PS3 and PS4 ecosystem for used games. We will see a lot more "online" style games - every publisher had one or two as at E3 - which is a sligtly less annoying way to claw at the same issue. At least people who play MMORPGs are used to the concept of buy once, buy forever.

Nice to hear that SP games remain the same (on PS4).

T21747d ago

no way I ever pay 10 bucks a month to play a game in perpetuity..

Majin-vegeta1747d ago

So basically online pass??

Off topic:Can any of you jorunalists ask Sony about the friend list on PS4??

alan0011747d ago (Edited 1747d ago )

what about it dude?
if youre wondering if theyll be increasing the friends limit then yes they are, but to what... no idea yet


EffectO1747d ago

Third party can easily demand some online functionality.

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