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Clarification on Playstation's DRM policy

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We all know about the huge applause and relief that followed Sony’s announcement about no new restrictions on used games and no online requirements.  This is part of what made many people conclude that the Playstation will dominate in the next-gen (that, and the price, of course).

Now, there are articles popping up that there will be some DRM, depending on the third party developer.  Let’s just be clear here – PS4 will have the same DRM set up as PS3.  If a game requires an online pass, or is free-to-play, or whatever other business model, that will still apply.  However, any disc-based game can be traded, sold, borrowed or kept.

So quit your panicking!

Last Updated: June 12, 2013

47 Comments

  1. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 12, 2013 at 10:48

    I honestly think Sony made a tactically better choice by keeping the DRM standard the same as they already have with the PS3.

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    • FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

      June 12, 2013 at 11:02

      If Sony go ahead with 50% of a DRM, the DRM issue wil be done away with. They could always enforce it in a more sweeter manner like fortnight checks, etc.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 12, 2013 at 11:04

        Why would they want to do fortnight checks? They’ve already said the device is DRM free and the only DRM is that which the publisers decide.

        Why would they now go ahead and add more DRM? I don’t understand what you are trying to say bud?

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        • Rinceyouropinion

          June 12, 2013 at 11:07

          Lost me too…

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        • FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

          June 12, 2013 at 11:09

          You say it’s DRM free, and then you say the publishers are left to decide? I was referring to the publishers enforcing DRM. So to me it’s not totally DRM free.

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          • Rinceyouropinion

            June 12, 2013 at 11:10

            He’s saying it’s the same situation as with Sony 3. Publishers who want to shoot themselves in the foot would enforce DRM, not many have. When the actual console makes you, you are screwing the pooch πŸ™‚

          • Jakster

            June 12, 2013 at 11:20

            “or whatever other business model”… It’s that part that’s unsettling.
            And we know that online passes from EA’s side are done with. This is far
            from done and dusted….

          • Rinceyouropinion

            June 12, 2013 at 11:27

            Yeah. The console, however, is DRM free. If EA as a developer want to add DRM (which I am sure they DO!) they can. At least I can boycott the game that wants DRM, and don;t have to boycott the machine.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 12, 2013 at 11:11

            The console itself is DRM free, some games are not

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 12, 2013 at 11:21

            Ah, but that’s not Sony’s fault. As it currently stands both the XBox360 and the Sony PS4 are DRM free. The devices themselves hold no sway over what you may or may not play. That is 100% in the hands of the developer.

            Microsoft have gone full retard and built DRM in to the new console itself (Every 24hours check in etc) while the Sony PS4 has left it out and leaving their new device as the PS3 and XBox360 now stand.

            Tactically they have gained themselves an edge in potential sales because
            a) there are more players witout internet than there are with.
            b) they gain the trust of the gamers. Yes publishers can still add DRM to their game but then that publisher gets hated on and not Sony.

            All I am saying is that they made a wiser choice.

          • Rinceyouropinion

            June 12, 2013 at 11:31

            That reminded me of this πŸ™‚

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 12, 2013 at 11:32

            Hahaha. Nice one rince

          • Rinceyouropinion

            June 12, 2013 at 11:33

            It’s the Xbox One fans saying ‘No it isn’t’ πŸ˜‰

        • DarthofZA

          June 12, 2013 at 11:09

          Because this is Sony, and it would not be out of character for them to add DRM with daily checks 6 months after release. Not saying they will, just saying that lets learn from the past for once…. just once….

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 12, 2013 at 11:06

        There’s no DRM … you’re so confusing

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      • Rinceyouropinion

        June 12, 2013 at 11:08

        Why would SONY want to piss off all those people who are against DRM by adding 50%? Not sure I understand you bro!

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        • Martin du preez

          June 12, 2013 at 11:29

          This guy lost grip with reality..better to ignore him.

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          • Rinceyouropinion

            June 12, 2013 at 11:32

            Usually Foxone isn’t like this! But will hold off comments. Maybe a bad day πŸ™‚

      • Guest

        June 12, 2013 at 12:07

        is all i can say

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  2. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 12, 2013 at 10:48

    Praise the Sun!

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  3. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 12, 2013 at 10:52

    I also would also like to say that yes we all love Sony for this … but gamers , the community, banded together and made their voices heard. This should be a testament that we do have power and we can make a change. I don’t know bout ya’ll, but I had a suspicion that Sony had a DRM in place but changed it due to the One backlash, I’m just basing this on the shots that Sony took at MS

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    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 12, 2013 at 10:54

      Damn straight. Never stay silent if you are raging about a possible situation as that rage can change it!

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      • Trevor Davies

        June 12, 2013 at 10:56

        The meek shall inherit the DRM. πŸ˜‰

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 12, 2013 at 10:57

        exactly. people will call us whiny and fanboys but it’s the very rage that causes change.

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        • Rinceyouropinion

          June 12, 2013 at 10:58

          I remember saying that SONY had listened (actually I incorrectly used heard) and the proof is in the pudding!

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          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 12, 2013 at 11:01

            Truth brother. Make loud enough noise and you can make a difference. They have to listen, we are the consumers and we buy that sh*t…

          • Jakster

            June 12, 2013 at 11:19

            “or whatever other business model”… It’s that part that’s unsettling. And we know that online passes from EA’s side are done with. This is far from done and dusted.

    • FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

      June 12, 2013 at 11:01

      #wait and see approach engaged.

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 12, 2013 at 11:02

        Your waiting to see?

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    • Andre116

      June 12, 2013 at 13:08

      Don’t know about that. If that was the case there would have been some agreement in place with the publishers. If sony decided to change that agreement, I’m sure there would have been a lawsuit. They are already developing the games, so I think it is a little bit on the late side to be making changes like that. But just my opinion.

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 12, 2013 at 13:10

        Which is why publishers can still have DRM, but there is no console based DRM which I suspect Sony had in place but they decided to change it after the uproar.

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  4. Trevor Davies

    June 12, 2013 at 10:55

    Quit panicking? Really? What are you trying to hide?!?!?!?!

    Tinfoil hat ENGAGE!

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  5. Jakster

    June 12, 2013 at 10:58

    “So quit your panicking!”….. The irony!!! I hear a chuckle from Adam Orth.

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  6. Happy Hamster

    June 12, 2013 at 11:07

    πŸ™‚

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  7. Happy Hamster

    June 12, 2013 at 11:08

    ow thats a Thumbs up

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  8. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 12, 2013 at 11:15

  9. Rob Clarke

    June 12, 2013 at 11:18

    PS4 is an updated PS3 with a developer friendly chipset and lots more power.
    Far play to them but I is it any real major leap in gaming?

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      June 12, 2013 at 11:21

      I always wondered what exactly is the next step in the evolution of gaming? Is it Virtual Reality, Augmented or simply just better graphics. I think this lies with the game developers to go beyond what we as gamers can imagine. The power of the console is just a means for them to try more bold and wonderful things

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      • Rob Clarke

        June 12, 2013 at 11:30

        I think that the next step is permently online consoles and cloud computing.
        I’m getting an Xbox 1 for that reason amongst others.
        I don’t care about the 24 hour check becauce I have v. Fast reliable internet so everything that can be connected in my house is always online anyway.

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        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          June 12, 2013 at 11:34

          I don’t know hey, I don’t see how cloud computing can really benefit gaming. Diablo and SimCity tried it, but those very systems that they implemented like Diablo generating game elements server side can be replicated without them, evident by that very game coming to console. Cloud Computing is definitely great but I don’t see the benefit, especially when you want to play alone

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          • Rob Clarke

            June 12, 2013 at 12:00

            I agree sim city wasn’t a good start for cloud gaming. Cant comment on diablo never played it on pc.
            But sim city happened because the cloud inferstucture wasn’t there.
            I think MS will do it right or die trying. Some of the things they are talking about are very exciting.
            Cloud computing will make single player better too. Look what turn 10 are doing with forza 5 for example.

            Please donot think im dissing ps4 im sure its gonna be great just more of the same unless it embraces the cloud. Which it will but by making it an offline cconsole that can be connected it will just be a lot harder to do right

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 12, 2013 at 12:15

            Naa don’t worry , I can understand your argument completely, I wish more people would reply in an intelligent manner .

            I totally agree that the infrastructure isn’t there, but from my standpoint, I shouldn’t need internet for single player. because then everything is just a pseudo-mmo. But hey are doing exciting things and always online can be amazing, but not forcefully and not for every single game

          • Rob Clarke

            June 12, 2013 at 12:00

            I agree sim city wasn’t a good start for cloud gaming. Cant comment on diablo never played it on pc.
            But sim city happened because the cloud inferstucture wasn’t there.
            I think MS will do it right or die trying. Some of the things they are talking about are very exciting.
            Cloud computing will make single player better too. Look what turn 10 are doing with forza 5 for example.

            Please donot think im dissing ps4 im sure its gonna be great just more of the same unless it embraces the cloud. Which it will but by making it an offline cconsole that can be connected it will just be a lot harder to do right

  10. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 12, 2013 at 11:34

    Wow reading through the threads, it’s almost like it’s 2007 again. Ah all the console fanboy warfare, the misinformation, the fanboy tears, the trolling… sniff… it brings a tear to my old crusty eye! I really missed all the drama, but there is a sense of ….

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/ed95cd15174943c2ce3264798754a59b/tumblr_mnmioa3szL1rjdfzto1_400.gif

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