Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers started something that gamers are sure to dislike. In a long video discussing Microsoft’s used game policy on Xbox One, Keighly states that his sources are telling him that Sony is going to have some sort of used game DRM for the PS4 as well.
“Sony I think is, you know sort of seen as a white knight so far that is not going to restrict used games. Based on some of the things I’m hearing I don’t think that’s entirely true. I can’t see publishers allowing one to do one thing or the other. The bigger question is what do we do if the market is going to move in this direction”.
Keighley doesn’t indicate who his sources are and hopefully he’s wrong. I don’t think Keighley would go out on a limb with this statement if he didn’t think there was at least a small chance of it happening.
You can use the PS4 without an internet connection so I’m not sure how Sony would pull something like this off. If this ends up just giving a portion of used game sales to developers I can’t say I dislike it but this is a dangerous line to walk for any console maker.
Perhaps Sony made a good decision by waiting to confirm their used game plan until after Microsoft did so. If the system doesn’t require 24-hour check ins to verify your game purchase then I guess I’m okay with whatever Sony goes with. Let’s hope they handle this better than Microsoft has so far.