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

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. Another big reason why i don’t buy digital. Until it’s on par with physical discs, I can’t see a reason for buying digital yet.

    • Digital rights will not change much, but offers advantages like with what Gaikai offers emulated streaming of ps3, ps2, psone digital titles because i think we know now, Consoles are getting so complex that chances are PS5 will not play PS4 physical discs but instead be streamed through Gaikai if you have bought the Digital title, that is a benefit, but if you wanna lend to your friends buy the physical copy but beware and remember next gen may not support playing the disc.

  2. Fine with me. The PS3 approach pissed off publishers as it meant a game bought once could be played by two different people at once.

    • When it first came out you could have 5 registered consoles do this.

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  4. I’ll be sticking to physical copies anyway.

  5. Can’t see the problem myself. If you buy a physical copy of a game you can only use it on one system at a time.

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