SCE Prez on PS4′s DRM Policy: “We Were Slightly Perplexed, Because we had no Intention of Changing”

E3 may be a distant memory right now, but a few pieces of information and interviews are still trickling out from the major event, including one involving Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.

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jujubee881931d ago

Also, this all but confirms no DRM role reversal ever. The boss has spoken. The PS4 doesn't have any tech to enforce DRM. etc. etc. etc.

This is great news for consumers and Sony. Sony's only way to stopping piracy and enabling sales now are through other means, which means Playstation brand will be fighting for yet more growth.

Awesome awesome awesome!

MariaHelFutura1931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

Sony just understands gamers, which is why they always outsell Microsoft while catering to diversity. With the 360 Microsoft through lots of money at it and still came in 3rd place. This time, it's gonna be a landslide like it was w/ the PS2. It's gonna be hilarious.

Cmk01211931d ago

They are actually neck and neck which isn't bad as Asian market completely shunned MS.same amount of consoles sales how bout hardware and online subscriptions the other half of consoles? MS CRUSEHD SONY. Nearly any game that's available cross plat sells 2-1 on Xbox .i own Sony products for offline gaming like uncharted, god of war , last of us( solid online ), killzone etc... Online games I use Xbox 360 every time . Just made for online even though weaker console . Ps2 was weaker than Xbox but better console overall. The fact wii won this console war says a lot about perception and reality

ThatCanadianGuy5141931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

2-1? Prove it.

Spontogical1931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

This isn't true Cmk0121 - the PS3 is outselling the 360 by 160,000 units per month worldwide.

By the time the PS4 and One are out - the PS3 would've left the 360 in the dust.. and they're still supporting their older console with games.

Just about every EA Sports title sells more on PS3 btw.

It's true that the Wii did win this generation THUS far.. I still think the PS3 has far longer legs than the Wii as well.. it will definitely outsell the Wii before it goes out of production. I guarantee it - and the PS3 won't go out of production till 2018 at the earliest!

The funniest thing is that this was Sony's worst effort and performance in the console market. Next-gen they're going back to PS2-esque Sony.. there is nothing stopping that train.

HammadTheBeast1931d ago

How about the fact that Xbox 360 has been much cheaper than PS3 for years, yet gets dominated in sales either wayL

Mikeyy1930d ago (Edited 1930d ago )


2 to 1? I think not you liar.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2, which supposedly has a "STRONGHOLD" on xbox.

12.44 Million on 360

10.44 million on PS3

The myth that the 360 dominates online games, is exactly that, a myth.

Im just choosing games at random now, lets see, Assasins Creed 3, 5 Million PS3, 4.40 Million Xbox.

Yeah thats all the proof I need, this supposed xbox 360 attach rate is utter bullshit.

For added LULZ, look at GTA4. That $150 Million deal MS did for dlc did NOTHING. The PS3 sold almost equal amount of copies.

Their "exclusive" DLC deals do nothing to sway buyers either.

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dedicatedtogamers1931d ago

The only people who thought PS3 might do DRM were panicked fanboys who still couldn't believe what Microsoft was doing with the Xbox One.

The PS4 has been announced since February. The issue of used games and always-online was never brought up UNTIL the X1 policies were announced.

Essentially, the rumor that PS3 MIGHT do DRM was 100% a FUD campaign.

Ducky1931d ago

People thought the Playstation THREE would have DRM?

dedicatedtogamers1931d ago

@ Ducky

Hahah! Ooops. Good catch, and too late to edit. :(

DragonKnight1931d ago

Your article is a duplicate of this one.

But anyway, they should have been perplexed. We knew since February that they weren't going to have the DRM MS had but people, including the idiot gaming media who have comprehension problems, had to lump Sony in with Microsoft and demanded they answer to what MS did and they had to do it at E3. It was ridiculous how many people refused to just shut up and listen for a change. But, here we are now and we know the truth.

fermcr1931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

"SCE Prez on PS4′s DRM Policy: “We Were Slightly Perplexed, Because we had no Intention of Changing”"

What a pile of BS.

When Sony presented the PS4 they said that they wouldn't use DRM with their games, but if 3rd party wanted, they could include DRM with their games. So the PS4 had DRM on their games, but it was up to 3rd party publishers to use it or not.
Only after the Microsoft DRM fiasco, Sony decided to remove DRM (on disk games) from their console.

I'll bet with anyone that if Microsoft got their way with the DRM, 3rd party developers would apply it to their games on the PS4, and Sony would soon follow... just like Sony followed Microsoft by charging for multilayer on the PS4. Sony said a few years back that they would never charge for mutiplayer... and now...

EDIT: DRM was for PS4 disk games. Sony even had a patent for it.

BTW... do you see me justifying Microsoft's actions? Wake up. I'm no blind fanboy, contrary to you.

ThatCanadianGuy5141931d ago

DRM in that case was about Online passes.But you already knew that.Because it's been used as an excuse by you guys already.

But hey, keep spinning man.Whatever helps you justify Microsofts actions.

ThatCanadianGuy5141931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

That is hell of alot of edits you just did to make yourself seem so innocent.

You're going on a patent (one of thousands they own and never used) and acting as if it was set in stone and being used in the console.Yes, you are blind.You're just making things up.

They clearly stated Online passed were what they meant when talking of third party DRM.It's really that simple.

And yes, you are trying to justify MS's actions.That's all you do.

Just read your entire 2nd paragraph (before you edit it out to suit your needs)

ziggurcat1931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

"but if 3rd party wanted, they could include DRM with their games. So the PS4 had DRM on their games..."

think about what you just said here for a second... because "could" doesn't equal "PS4 had DRM", and the DRM on the xbone would have been implemented via their hardware, so *if* 3rd party devs even went through with it (and even then, 3rd party devs wouldn't have had a choice on xbone because it was built into the console), it wouldn't be coming from the PS4 hardware, so... no, the PS4 never had DRM.


"just like Sony followed Microsoft by charging for multiplayer on the PS4."

uh huh... except you don't need to pay to use any of the apps like netflix/hulu/youtube/etc... and you get a ****load of value from the free games/discounts.

"EDIT: DRM was for PS4 disk games. Sony even had a patent for it."

sony also filed an identical patent before the PS3 launch, and we were never able to play used content on the PS3, right?

rocky0475861931d ago

Yeah, you kind of are being a blind fanboy. Sony stated they'd never charge for being able to play your games online! They still haven't charged for that and won't ever charge for it. They are charging for playing multiplayer online.

The DRM was never for PS4 discs, can you prove that with the patent? I don't care what the patent states, it never mentions PS4, it could be for PS6 or PS7 for all we know, or for Blu-Ray players/discs for movies instead.

Funny you say they decided to "remove" DRM from their discs yet they had been talking about it since Feb? Microsoft hadn't even formally announced any of their plans at that point and they were already saying "No we won't be doing that with PS4." So how does that make any sense?

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Aceman181931d ago

This is just sad that one side is still going about drm because their prefer company tried a$$ raping the consumers with thus crap.

Give it up and move on for christsake

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jujubee881931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

double post

Tyre1931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

@jujubee88 Trying out censoring positive articles about Sony. Most Xbox fanboys say it is a double post on these articles. Happend several times on this site.

knifefight1931d ago

I'm sure Microsoft had no *intention* of changing either. It just happened because they pretty much had no choice.

ThatCanadianGuy5141931d ago (Edited 1931d ago )

I still get a laugh sometimes when looking back at some older submissions.The comments from some of the Xbox fans on here were just hilarious.

"But..Sony is obviously doing it too.No way microsoft would do it unless Sony is too.You'll see!"

The amount of humble pie these guys have eaten over the years could probably end world hunger.

Anyways, good on Sony for siding with the gamer.I'll never forget this year.MS showed their true colours and couldn't even commit to it.They slunk back in the cave and dragged their failed DRM agenda with them.

stuna11931d ago

Microsoft remind me of a trapdoor spider, won't confront you face to face, they'll wait until you walk by their little traps, then they'll lunge out and grab you as you're walking by.

Prime example is Xbox live, most people who were new to Xbox live actually knew that they would lose access to most of the thing included with Xbox live until their memberships lapsed! Which kind of forced people to renew their subscriptions.

PSN_ZeroOnyx1930d ago

I was going to say something similar.

dbjj120881931d ago

DIdn't they say at the PS Meeting that they weren't talking about the plan they had yet?

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