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PlayStation 4's DRM Locks PSN Games To Your Account On Other Consoles

No sharing those games, now.

As we reported last night, Knack is now available to pre-order through the SEN Store, and if you look further into that – in the description – you’ll notice a bit of small print regarding how many accounts you can play the game on.

One-time license fee for play on purchasing account’s designated, primary PS4™ system and other PS4™ systems when signed in with purchasing account.

So that means you can’t share the game with your friends or family members, as you were able to on PS3, at least not unless you want them using your account to play the game, but you will be able to play the game on any PS4, just as long as you’re signed into your main account before you do so.

Essentially then, you’ll only have one system able to play the game on all accounts, rather than the current two you have with PS3, which was recently reduced from five. It’s actually quite similar to how the Xbox 360 currently works in this regard.

It makes a lot of sense, though if you’re planning to buy two or three PS4s for different family members, then you might have to rethink things when it comes to sharing – you’ll all have to use the same account to play these games.

What do you think? It seems that this new system is great in certain ways – as you’ll be able to play your games on any PS4 – but also a hinderance if you’re planning to have multiple PS4s in your household.

UPDATE: Oddly, it also says “One-time license fee for downloads to up to 2 console systems that are associated with the purchasing account.” which could mean that you’re able to use the game on all accounts on two systems, or it could just be leftover terms from the PS3 era, as it contradicts the previous part, and this same section appears in the terms for current games including Tomb Raider.

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31 Comments
  1. Gamoc
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Identical to the Xbox One’s model as well isn’t it?

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:33.
    • lacerz
      Member
      Since: Oct 2013

      Ugh… people.

      “One-time license fee for play on purchasing account’s designated, primary PS4™ system and other PS4™ systems when signed in with purchasing account.”

      This has already been covered. You can designate ONE PS4 as your primary. As the primary, all accounts can play your games using your account. If you want a secondary console, anyone wanting to play your games will need to use your account. The console designated as the primary is the family console.

      Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 13:35.
      • lacerz
        Member
        Since: Oct 2013

        Sorry, the above should have said “As the primary, all accounts can play your games using their account.”

        Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 13:36.
  2. Kamokazi-UK
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    It was bound to happen. A few people won’t like it and kick up a stink. I’m OK with this though.

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:34.
  3. Voolar
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Buy a boxed copy and you can lend it around.

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:38.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      I still buy boxed wherever possible. I’ve certainly got no plans to buy a second ps4 anytime soon anyway

      Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:52.
    • Death_489
      Member
      Since: Oct 2013

      https://store.sonyentertain

      That’s for ps3 . It says ” One-time license fee for downloads to up to 2 console systems that are associated with the purchasing account ”

      Same goes for knack .

      https://store.sonyentertain

      Except that there is a new feature where you can put your account in any console and play any game from your account as long you signed in .

      That’s what i understood .

      Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:21.
  4. Yahavage
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Ugh, this sucks. Me and my partner have seperate playstations and seperate accounts. One of the great things about getting download games was that we could both play online together with games we’d only purchased once. Of course it makes business sense, but we don’t suddenly have money to start buying two copies of games so… bleh. If anything we’d now be discouraged from buying from psn store, as in the past we’ve purchased things on the basis of ‘oh, co-op!’ or online play.

    I know you have this issue with physical media, my point is this was one thing encouraging us to make digital purchases.

    Oh well!

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:40.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      You still as I understand it. The main console can be signed in as anyone and the other console needs to be the person that bought it. It’s when you go over 2 that you have an issue

      Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:47.
      • Yahavage
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Ooooo right. Oh well, hope that is the case! That’s what I get for reading articles on the sly at work :/ lol

        Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 12:55.
    • Joshua Hood
      Small briefcase w*nker
      Since: Forever

      You could still buy the game on account A, then log into account B on the PS4 it was purchased on, as well as account A on the other PS4, and that would still work, surely?

      Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:51.
      • a inferior race
        I'm special
        Since: Jul 2009

        That’s how I read it, will need to be confirmed that it works that way though

        Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:23.
  5. XisTG
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Kind of a bother, as me and a friend lend each other PSN games. Just another nail in the digital coffin :)

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:43.
  6. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Does this imply that you have to be online to play your downloaded game? How else would they verify is the account is not already signed in and playing the game at the same time? What about PSN outages? :/

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:46.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      Probably on a second console so you are signed in but if you can play on any user on the main console the download could be digitally stamped so you don’t need to be online

      Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:02.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Ah, makes sense. Thanks!

        Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:28.
  7. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Not encouraging for digital purchasers who want to share their games but i’l lbe sticking with discs mostly anyway.

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 10:47.
  8. Stefan L
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Well between this crappy move and the inevitably crazy online pricing we’ll no doubt continue to see, I’m quite glad we’ve still got discs.

    Steam’s Family Sharing might currently be pointless, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

    Console manufacturers need to get a grip.

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:05.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Yes they do, and counter the massive losses they make by stopping people “sharing” games to complete unknowns across the internet. This makes perfect sense.

      Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:09.
  9. robcam73
    Member
    Since: Oct 2013

    Also it states clearly “One-time license fee for downloads to up to 2 console systems that are associated with the purchasing account.”
    Which suggests you can use on two systems as you currently can. Please read WHOLE terms before reporting falsly

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:26.
  10. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I’m sure I read somewhere you can use two systems??? Are you sure this is correct people?

    Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:32.
    • robcam73
      Member
      Since: Oct 2013

      It is not correct.

      “One-time license fee for downloads to up to 2 console systems that are associated with the purchasing account.”

      Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:35.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        I’ve just seen you comment above. I think this might be incorrect, well I hope it is. It was a while ago but I’m sure they confirmed what you said.

        Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 11:41.
      • Blair Inglis
        hisnameisblair
        Since: May 2009

        That looks standard leftover terms from PS3 titles – a lot of them say that too. Might be correct, but contradicts what’s previously said so seems like a copy and paste to me.

        Comment posted on 16/10/2013 at 12:30.

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