The Plot Thickens!
Yesterday Geoff Keighley, host of GameTrailers TV said that his sources have confirmed Sony will use some kind of DRM-solution when dealing with used games. This comes after confirmation that the Xbox One would employ a DRM-solution for used games, on top of other features gamers have taken offense to including having a persistent online connection, etc. Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal has been nothing short of a disaster for the PR division of the company. Meanwhile Sony and Nintendo have sat back and reaped all the rewards. Both companies saw their stock skyrocket after the Xbox One news started to break, and gamer backlash hit Facebook and Twitter.
Our very own Steven Lacroix said it best on the podcast, which was that if Microsoft was doing something like this, then Sony would have no choice but to follow what the publishers demand. That sounds like what’s happening here. One thing to note though, don’t ever forget the power of a large group of people. NeoGAF and other forums, websites and fan groups have come together and taken this issue directly to Sony management. At the time of this writing Twitter accounts for Sony’s top brass have been inundated with Twitter feedback from fans begging for Sony to leave used games alone, or to have them work like the PS3/Wii U. Some executives have even left comments saying how proud they are that the PlayStation community is so vocal about issues they believe in.
#ps4usedgames is also one of the trending topics on Twitter right now, which is pretty incredible given the amount of other hot topics out there. What comes of this is anyone’s guess, but it always amazes me how much people can do when they band together on a common cause.
As of right now we have no clue how the PS4 will handle used games, whether or not it requires an Internet connection at all times, etc. We can only go by what their executives have said in the past. Jack Tretton previously said it would be a huge consumer injustice to do away with the second hand market, but he’s only one executive. It’s clear that Sony, and the rest of the world, is hearing the outpouring of negative PR on this subject since the Xbox One reveal. There’s no question Sony will want to use this to their advantage, but at the end of the day Sony will have to decide whether they need to keep their customers happy or the people that supply them with games. It’s a sticky situation, and one that we’ll find out further details about in the coming weeks leading to E3.
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