Xbox One’s controversial policies may allow the PS4 to shine

Sony had its PlayStation 4 reveal event in February and came out guns blazing with the PS4 being pitched as the ultimate ‘video game machine’ that caters to developers and gamers alike. As of now the PlayStation 4 is looking like the next generation darling as Sony has kept quiet about licensing, always on, and required internet connections as well as used games.

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mcroddi2052d ago

Sony certainly has a good shot at this and a perfect setup but they may just blow it.

Speed-Racer2052d ago

MS announced their One policy way too early if you ask me. Sony can definitely play catch up with this.

mcroddi2052d ago

That's right, Sony can stay the Darling or simply let MS take the heat for the policies since they went first.

Salooh2052d ago (Edited 2052d ago )

For the million time . Sony already said PS4 won't force you with DRM and no used games like X1. But it will depend on the developers. It's like this generation but we may see increase in DRM in more games and we can stop it by not supporting who put DRM. The console it self won't have this stuff..

GamerzElite2052d ago

PS4's 3 Exclusive Game Reveal Trailers + 1 PS3 Exclusive Game Reveal Trailer:

Daylight - PS4
Dying Light - PS4
Warframe - PS4
Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII - PS3

cpayne932052d ago

Let's just hope Sony doesn't follow suit with these anti consumer policies. This isn't the way I want gaming to go, so restrictive and whatnot.

ShaunCameron2051d ago

I hate to say it but they will since the PS4's gonna be DRM-enabled. After all, they're leaving it up to the publishers to enforce DRM, right? And the EULA allows them to do so like it allowed them to remove LinuxOS and BC from the OG Slim model PS3's.

Gildarts2051d ago (Edited 2051d ago )

I'm going to laugh so hard when Sony announces their DRM policies.


cpayne932051d ago

Why would you laugh? Because it upsets a few fanboys? Really? This crap is nothing to laugh about. It sucks for everyone, and it just opens the door to make things worse.

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kennyg37392052d ago

We need to know what Sony policies are First. I know I will get a lot of dislikes but the fact is Sony really hasn't said anything other used games is up to the developers.

mcroddi2052d ago

I do agree with this but I give them the benefit of the doubt!

ThatCanadianGuy5142052d ago

There policy is pretty clear.No always online or online "checks' pretty much abolishes the DRM measures.

My issue was never with used games to begin with, as i don't buy used or trade in my games.My issue is my physical media, that i purchased, being forced to be digitized and held ransom unless i check in every 24hrs.

We already know PS4 won't do that and that makes me very happy.

kennyg37392052d ago

@DayZ When did Sony say that?

Bigpappy2052d ago (Edited 2052d ago )

X1 does not use physical disk for playing games. It is all about the license. You can play your games from any xbox1 without a disk. M$ could careless if you have 1000 illegal copies. They are useless with out the license.

Any registered family member can also play those games from anywhere, if you choose to share them. X1 is a DD console.

I think Sony has to at least have you register the game online before you play. And they must have some type of mandatory installation to support slow blue-ray.

ThatCanadianGuy5142052d ago (Edited 2052d ago )

@BigpappyYou can play any of your games you own, On any xbox that isn't your own, for 1 hour.Doesn't sound as impressive when you get into the fine print.

Likewise with the family member thing, you will be able to "share" these games with them.But only one of you can play the game at a time per console.

Gildarts2051d ago

@Dayz its not one hour play of play dude. Its 1 hour checkin when you are at someone else's house.

So by this you admit that it's impressive.

Dude you were never going to buy the X1 anyway so why are you bothering?

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ThatCanadianGuy5142052d ago (Edited 2052d ago )

Back in febuary.

If i never have to go online, how can they authenticate my games?

mcroddi2052d ago

Looks like always on is ruled out but that isn't the same as DRM check ins...

kennyg37392052d ago (Edited 2052d ago )

there talking about a constant internet connection, not DRM check ins

@DayZ that's point i'm making, Sony hasn't addressed these issue.

Why o why2052d ago

How can you drm check in if the console can operate totally offline. Show me how and ill look deeper. If not, there's no point of worrying.

JokesOnYou2051d ago

"If i never have to go online, how can they authenticate my games?"

-Maybe like this:

"Games that are discovered to be tied to another user's account could potentially be rejected. The system works, according to the document, by attaching contactless RF "tags" to each game, which can be read without a network connection."

I can't say for sure if this is what sony will use but clearly they have the tech available to do it. Just giving you heads up.

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brandonw002052d ago

There are rumors that the DRM on Xbox One was put in place to please publishers. If that is the case, then PS4 will have the same type of DRM as Xbox One.

mcroddi2052d ago

Exactly, if publishers are 'ABLE TO' put DRM restrictions on used games and require a periodic authentication it will end up being the same. Unfortunately.

ThatCanadianGuy5142052d ago

Microsoft built the console and the online check infrastructure, not the publishers.Don't be fooled just because MS is playing the blaming game and pointing fingers at the big bad publishers.

Just because MS does something doesn't mean Sony has to either.One charges it's customers to use their own internet to play online for example, while the other doesn't.

brandonw002052d ago

I'm not fooled, I understand that in the end it is Microsoft's decision. But we also have to be realistic and realize that the big publishers were saying "put in these measures or we're not releasing games for your platform."

Hicken2051d ago

... so, Nintendo says no. Sony says no. Somehow, Microsoft is forced to say yes?

Did you forget who needs who?

If Microsoft had said no like the others(at least to forcing it to be built into the console), what would the publishers have done? Not sold their games?

Are you for real?

No, this was Microsoft's choice, and they want it to APPEAR like it was the publishers who pushed them to do it. They could well have ALLOWED it, like on PS4, so that it would be up to publishers that wanted it, and not forced on every game.

Cuz not all publishers and developers want this stuff. They're not all complaining about it. CD Projekt Red doesn't want it. None of the smaller publishers are pushing for it, like ATLUS.

No, it's only the biggest of the big that have complained. The ones with more than enough money to not even bat an eye at whatever "losses" they might be incurring from used games, anyway.

Rumors be damned. Microsoft did what they wanted to do.

isyourhouseonfire2052d ago

Did anyone notice Sony bought almost every page in the last Game Informer magazine for its own articles? I hope this doesn't mean Sony plans to rely on marketing to make up for a low quality console. As a gamer, I'm worried.

Why o why2052d ago (Edited 2052d ago )

Wut . . . You correlate sony's improved and more aggressive marketing with them having nothing or a low quality console? Has this gen or the reveal not showed you anything?

They must have something to actually show. Time will tell but if I had to make an educated guess, Sony is not relying on word of mouth to spread the word this time around. They are now doing what Microsoft was very adept at. The main difference is they'll probably have more content to match the hype as opposed to papering over to cracks.

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