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The DRM policies for PS4 and Xbox One continue to come under scrutiny and sources tell Edge that publishers are likely to implement similar restrictions on both platforms, despite suggestions of the contrary from Sony earlier this week.

Sources have told Edge that Sony's announcements were a PR play and the decision to be DRM-free was made at the very last minute.

Furthermore, it's said that both Sony and Microsoft's stance on DRM has been changing continually over the last few months – Microsoft's being less strict than it once was – with final publishing agreements still at least another month away from being finalised. This suggests the situation could change again, be that good or bad for consumers.

Developers have told Edge that they need to protect revenues made on their products, with one source stating that seemingly strict DRM measures are needed in order for the console business to survive.

PS4 will launch this holiday season, with Xbox One coming in November.

Source: Edge Online

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Karlius's Avatar


I just don't trust sony enough not to do a 180 under pressure from distributors. Plus there is nothing Sony can do if the companies start putting numbers on discs and ask for checks before playing. In essesnce they can create their own version of DRM Sony may frown upon this but what are they going to do say no COD you are banned from PS4 don't make me laugh!
Posted 07:22 on 13 June 2013
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CheekyLee@ AlecRoss

Alec, you seem to have forgotten that this is an internet forum, the sort of place where discussion is generally encouraged.
Posted 20:20 on 12 June 2013
AlecRoss's Avatar


same advice as always. Let's wait, and see.
Posted 16:33 on 12 June 2013
Clockpunk's Avatar


Of course they (the publishers) will - anyone who thought otherwise for even a moment was simply deluding themselves.
Posted 16:18 on 12 June 2013
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Endless@ pblive

An online pass is a means of controlling distribution of used goods. Your digital rights are affected by this system as you're required to purchase one to unlock features of a title that would otherwise be avilable in a newly bought title.

It is still management of a digital asset.
Posted 13:56 on 12 June 2013


Since when did DRM become a catch-all phrase for every kind of online pass? Digital Rights Management is really only the software side of things where online checks are needed in game. Online Passes and such like are not really DRM. I guess it's just the buzzword of the moment.
Posted 12:26 on 12 June 2013
IronMit's Avatar


Isn't it basically the same tactics that were on the 360/ps3?
Online passes, season passes, free downloadable content with code, pre-order bonuses etc.

I assume you can still play a large potion of a Single player pre-owned/borrowed game.
If the PS4 does not have to be online then there will always be a limit to the drm....or so I think.
Example - I can see Ubisoft saying to have all the cool online functionality in watchdogs you need to have bought the game new and entered a code. But you can still play it pre-owned offline..
Posted 12:22 on 12 June 2013
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