Sony clarify PS4 stance on used games – “PlayStation 4 does not enforce DRM restrictions”

SCE UK boss Fergal Gara has clarified PS4‘s DRM message stating: “PlayStation 4 does not enforce any DRM restriction around used games”. However, like the PS3, if third party publishers want to use DRM to charge for resale of games, “that’s in their hands really”.

Sony clarify PS4 stance on used games

Speaking at E3 Gara says, “In short, there’s no change. ‘No change’ was [the message] received extremely well. PlayStation 4 does not enforce any DRM restriction around used games”. That’s not say DRM restrictions aren’t possible he explains. “As is the case with PS3, for example, if a third party publisher was to decide that use of their servers or a second use of a disc was to require some fee… That’s in their hands really”.

It’s that ‘potential DRM’ that lead to some muddiness following Sony’s E3 conference agrees Gara, ”I think that’s the confusion that emerged”. To clarify though he reiterates: “There’s no systematic feature that PlayStation 4 enforces DRM. So I’m pretty damn confident that it doesn’t muddy the waters or change the announcement at all. I think it was just expanded upon a little bit more, possibly picked up a little bit more negatively and raised a few questions”.

 

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