Third-Party Publishers to Individually Determine Used Game/DRM Policies on PS4

Jack Tretton gives a more thorough explanation of PS4's stance on DRM and used games

Last night's E3 Sony conference turned into a haze of cheers and hilarious gifs when Sony announced that the upcoming PlayStation 4 would not have any restrictions on used games, including the ability to lend games to friends or resell them.


Now that things have died down some, GameTrailers' Geoff Keighley was able to catch up with Sony CEO Jack Tretton, and Tretton disclosed some surprising details about the whole issue. Tretton did explain that Sony's first-party titles will work like they always have--you can borrow or trade them, resell them or keep them forever. But what about third-party titles?




"We create the platform. We've certainly stated with our first party games, we're not going to be doing that. But we welcome publishers and their business models to our platforms. There's going to be free-to-play; there's going to be every potential business model on there and again that's up to their relationship with the consumer and what they think is going to put them in the best stead. So we're not going to dictate that. We're going to give them a platform to publish on."


Tretton went on to explain that DRM--the controversial digital rights management issue--will also be in the hands of individual publishers.




"The DRM decision is going to have to be in the hands of the third parties. That's not something that we're going to dictate or mandate or control or implement."


So really, the major differences between the PS4 and Xbox One come down to price point, exclusive titles, and the online check-in thing. You'll still have to pay for online multiplayer (this I'm okay with, I've been doing it since SegaNet), and some third-party games will have limitations on their use (again, something I'm used to from PC gaming--it goes as far back on consoles as Phantasy Star Online). But what about you? What do you think about this development?

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