The PS4 Doesn't Have The Xbox One's DRM

PS4 will not put any restrictions on used games, Sony's Jack Tretton said today. Gamers can buy PS4 games, trade them in, lend them to friends or keep them forever. Loud cheers. He was drawing several points of comparison, obviously, to the Xbox One.

No periodic online check-ins. "It won't stop working if you haven't authenticated for 24 hours," Tretton said. No registration of games.

To be fair, whatever good things Microsoft expects to be offering by guaranteeing game developers that Xbox One gamers will regularly connect to the Internet won't necessarily be evident for PS4 games. But it's still on Microsoft to show consumers what those benefits would be.


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    GAME OVER. FLAWLESS VICTORY.

      yh exactly what I thought. Microsoft have everything battling against them.

      R.I.P. Xbone

      THANK YOU SONY, FOR A LITTLE COMMON SENSE!

    I love that because of the backlash to microsofts so called 'moving forward' with drm, always online and such all that sony has to do is not change anything and advertise the fact for good publicity. Brings 'taking the piss' to a whole new level. Well played Sony.

    Wow, that's good news. I was wondering whether to buy the PS4 or Xbone for my next gen console, this makes the choice a little easier.

    PS4 wins!

    To be fair, whatever good things Microsoft expects to be offering by guaranteeing game developers that Xbox One gamers will regularly connect to the Internet won’t necessarily be evident for PS4 games. But it’s still on Microsoft to show consumers what those benefits would be.

    Aside from being more enticing to publishers - and thereby offering more games - is there anything in it for the consumer? You can have a more expensive, DRM-laden machine with a better business model for established publishers, or a cheaper, DRM-less machine which looks to be encouraging more independent development at the risk of alienating the big players. Certainly, Sony's offering seems more consumer-driven

    If the big publishers and their media mouthpieces are right about their profits being bled out by second-hand sales, then the Microsoft should dominate. If not, and falling profits are due to more "casual" games starting to dominate, then they just handed Sony a lay down misere.

      if i was a publisher, id be putting my games on the system with the largest playerbase. Itd be stupid not to.

        It'd also be stupid to cut out what looks like being a very, very large install base. They'd basically have to come to Microsoft, hat in hand, saying, "So those sweet deals you offer us for platform exclusivity... can you offer them to us for ALL of our games?" And microsoft will give a cheshire grin and the publishers will run away to rethink... everything.

      I might be wrong, but isn't the whole reason that Microsoft has gone down this path is because they were trying to allow gamers to install and run games without needing disc-in-tray authentication. And the reason that ps4 come out looking like the champions of the every gamer cause they actually just didn't do anything. I.e you will need you disc in the tray to play the game like current gen systems. Might not be much, but I haven't heard any clarification on this.

    LOL I Iike how Sony is listing clearly that the PS4 doesn't have DRM or required always online in a way to say "PS4 is different and better than the xbone". Sony is clearly like punching microsoft in the face and say, "HA! Eat that. We are doing what the gamers want. And you're going to lose." I guess I already know what my next gen console will be.

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    It is good to see that Sony have dropped this nonsense.

    Only two problems though:
    * Publishers can still put a DRM link in their games (see ME2 Cerberos Network and the signin for DA: Origins)
    * What do people like me do with our collection of PS3 games? Have they also restored compatibility or is it still dropped?

      thats ok, Consumers can also punish those companies as well.

    So Microsoft lists the requirements for the Xbox One, Sony has the PS4 have the exact opposite of those restrictions and uses that as a selling point.

    So Microsoft; the first and best salesmen for the PS4.

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