Microsoft and Sony will eventually revert their game ownership policies, what matters is how

Polygon: "Microsoft's flip-flop on its controversial game licensing policy, which would have restricted game ownership on the Xbox One, is a well-deserved, albeit ephemeral, win for consumer rights.

That will change, both for the worse and for the better. Microsoft's shift in direction is the best proof of how, when it comes to DRM, even one of Earth's largest companies will find a way to be agile."

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GDDR6_20141923d ago

They don't need to do anything, eventually all games will be released digital only

xHeavYx1923d ago

The Xbox is the only console built for DRM and other evilness

CRAIG6671923d ago

How do you know that? I am almost certain Sony are just as prepared for DRM as any other company moving into to the future...

HammadTheBeast1923d ago

Because although they patented it before MS, they said they had no plans for it at all. Meanwhile, MS has only backed off because of negative press and bad pre-orders, if that changes, they might "accidentally" flip the switch.

aquamala1923d ago


like OP said, no additional DRM are needed, just make games digital only, digital games are already locked to your account and you can't sell or trade it in.

BattleAxe1923d ago

"They don't need to do anything, eventually all games will be released digital only"

This will only happen if the console manufacturers and game publishers see the demand for digital downloads. The fact that MS has backed down from their DRM policies shows that people understand what is happening in the world today, and it shows that with anti-consumer policies, even the mightiest of companies will destroy themselves if they go against what consumers want.

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rainslacker1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

I agree. Let the transition happen naturally. They can speed it along by finding ways to make it more attractive. In order to make it more attractive it has to remove most of the negatives of DD.

In the end, retail will still exist for quite some time. The two markets can coexist, and there's no real reason to restrict one to promote the other.

I really don't understand all these articles which see retail as a bad thing. It's a natural and instinctive way for people to buy games. The vilifying of retail is going way too far.

bonafide7321923d ago

Me either
its gonna happen naturally but dont try to force one upon the other
retail isnt going anywhere for awhile
it just isnt

Corpser1923d ago

So true now that next gen consoles will have minimum 500GB and the tech that lets you start playing while downloading the game

HammadTheBeast1923d ago

Polygon's so stupid.

Also, just pointing out, the Xbox One still has the capabilities to pull off DRM/Used games restrictions, only a day one software patch is allowing those. Any day now, I see them reverting.

Or maybe not.

August 21 Gamescom 2013 - Sony Exclusive Guns Coming Out

ANIALATOR1361923d ago

I can see Sony coming out with all it's PS4 Exclusives built from EU studios like SCE London, Media Molecule, Evolution to name a few

HammadTheBeast1923d ago

Evolution's already shown Driveclub. Still, Naughty Dog's other team has to show something.

extermin8or1923d ago

@HammandTheBeast Naughty Dog will be at vga's if they are anywhere and I'm betting on uncharted 4 although a new IP would also be great, maybe if the last of us team could make uncharted 4-then make their next game new IP, or the last of us sequel (I hope) after that to give us a good 4 years between each game in each franchise...

Godmars2901923d ago

But at this point MS can only reinstitute DRM before launch. Afterwards and especially a few months or years later there's going to be too many systems offline for them to simply say "you must do things this way".

ANIALATOR1361923d ago

yes I know they've already shown Driveclub but it's their chance to appear again and show off a newer build seeing as it's a European convention. One of the spokespeople for it said it's constantly improving and sometimes can't believe the differences he is seeing in each build. Would be great if Naughty Dog are also there though. People are anxious to see what they're up to.

extermin8or1923d ago

oooh day before my birthday :) what I neat present that could be :p

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Transporter471923d ago

Sony revert something they never intended i see what you did there.

Ezz20131923d ago

it's Polygon
what did you expect ?!

Sarobi1923d ago

Give a year or two down the road and you'll have your answer to just how it'll be back.

Godmars2901923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

How is it that Sony gets repeatedly lumped in with MS's mistakes?

Sure we're never going to know if they would have gone through with their DRM plans if MS hadn't been both obvious and incompetent in how they handled theirs, but still.

When Sony makes a mistake or seems to, its only Sony's mistake. But when MS makes one Sony gets mentioned by default.

I mean to this day BR was seen as pointless when first introduced, and yet MS compensated for the lack of a HD disc format at least three times. Two of which required major rewrites of the 360's system OS and how they handled games entirely.

WalterWJR1923d ago

They don't,, this site is funded by Microsoft.
They are paid to talk crap basically.

Tyre1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

@WalterWJR Well Said! The spindoctors and selffulfilling prophecy attempters are at it again trying to confuse and brainwash gamers in favor of the greedy. Yes that includes the über-projector & King of the DRM & Micro-Transactions MS Drone Clifford Blezinski (which already ruined his own Gears of War & most games). All pathetic attemps to justify their own greedy policies. Instead making a heartfelt & honest excuse to the gamer community...they act like we are guilty of something? The well known fingerpointing instead of acknowledging their own wrong. So dissapointing. It's quite simple, we refuse to buy in to this...they all should be thinking about a fair balance between customer & company. They just provide an entertainmentservice not a lifesaving heart surgery operation service. Why in the hell are they so arrogant & demanding of customers? We all should see through their sleezy slick talk & con attempts.

FamilyGuy1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

I agree, I'm getting tired of reading articles like this. Every negative thing about MS is instantly put on Sony in a "They'll probably do it too" sort of spin.

These companies and most of their policies are completely different.

Why o why1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

The 360 drm pushers were soooo hoping sony would follow suit to justify their 'them to' claims. Now they're moved to saying its going to happen....pathetic..... 7 years of 'its going to happen' ....I'm already bored after 7 days. Obviously its the future but ms aren't the deciders on when

Tyre1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

@Familyguy They brought this on to themselves....what is wrong with you? Low attention-span/Low stamina? You ain't married to Microsoft are you? Is your life depending on their succes? Also the gaming industry isn't dependant on Microsoft's succes. Microsoft wanted to hijack the industry/our hobbies/licences if they succeeded with their closed system everybody in the industry would be in their control. Xbone was exposed as a big scheme and rightly so. But Microsoft kept talking vague or flat out denying. We gamers kept seeing through their lies and rightly so. The thing is Sony was just more straightforward and never spindoctered at all. They had the gamers in mind and a fair deal for the customer....hell even the policies & the price($399) were internally decided (with the gamers in mind) before MS even announced their Xbone & policies/price.

FamilyGuy1923d ago

Tyre, what are going on about?
We're on the same page, was my comment difficult to understand? I'm definitely not on MSs side lol, look at my account/history.

What I said was games journalist are full of sh** because they constantly try to push MSs crappy tactics and faults onto Sony.

For example: Sony from the start explained that they wouldn't force any drm, that it would basically just be (something like) online passes again. When Mircosofts DRM and restrictions came out everyone completely forgot what Sony had already stated and crappy games journalist started Claiming Sony would follow suit.

This article is continuing that trend, even after Sony has shown and proven that they are vastly different from MS and are taking a much more consumer friendly approach. I'm tired of reading articles like this and I wish I could down vote the site again. They're pathetic.

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