UPDATE: Thankfully we have a few new sources which have clarified the original statement outlined in the post below, that 3rd parties could use any DRM they fancied on the PlayStation 4.
Polygon were able to quickly lay our worries to rest, and that we’d be going no further than the current status quo on PS3, with online passes. Sony’s PR clarified with this statement:
“Similar to PS3, we will not dictate the online used game strategy (the ability to play used games online) of its publishing partners. As announced last night, PS4 will not have any gating restrictions for used disc-based games. When a gamer buys a PS4 disc they have right to use that copy of the game, so they can trade-in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever.”
Sony will not use online passes with their PlayStation 4 titles, which was the core of what Jack Tretton was trying to say.
Further to this, Gamasutra spoke to Scott Rohde, software product development head at Sony Worldwide Studios America, who went a step further and indicated that Sony will be pushing third parties, but not necessarily forcing them to drop their own online pass strategies.
“We’ve already come right out and said we’re not going to allow online pass. And the word “allow” is key there. Specifically with online, with PS+ requiring a charge to play online, we would not want any publisher [to charge.]
“In general, we’re all businesses. Sony or Microsoft is never going to be able to tell EA or Activision exactly what they can do. What we like to say at PlayStation is that we set the precedent.”
What follows is our original post, but rest easy knowing that Sony are pushing in the direction consumers want.
Although Sony’s press conference yesterday reinforced the notion that the PlayStation 4’s DRM policies would echo those of the current generation, Jack Tretton has this morning added that if third parties wish to implement their own DRM methods, Sony won’t stand in their way.
“We create the platform,” he said, speaking on GameTrailers, “we’ve certainly stated that our first-party games are not going to be doing that, but we welcome publishers and their business models to our platform.”
“There’s gonna be free-to-play,” Tretton added, “there’s gonna be every potential business model on there, and again, that’s up to their relationship with the consumer, what do they think is going to put them in the best fit.”
“We’re not going to dictate that, we’re gonna give them a platform to publish on.”
Tretton added that they won’t “control, dictate, mandate or implement” DRM, but will simply let those decisions be answered by third parties.
Yesterday Sony said that the PS4 won’t require frequent internet checks (like the Xbox One) and will happily allow gamers to sell and lend their physical games.