Gamers have been worried about the way next-gen systems have been shaping up, especially after Microsoft officially unveiled the Xbox One. Gamers took to the web to convince Sony to not use any special DRM that would potentially block the sales of used games, namely by using the #PS4NoDRM and #PS4USEDGAMES hashtags in messages sent to high profile Sony employees on Twiitter.
According to Eurogamer, a day after the Twitter campaign started, Sony employees started tweeting about it and praised its fans for being so passionate about gaming. “This is why I love PlayStation fans – the passion bucket overflows,” said Sony's Head of Hardware Marketing John Koller in response to the campaign. “Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly,” said SCEA producer Nick Accordino. “Please know that we hear you. <3” Sony Worldwide Studios Product Head Scott Rohde said, “I love passionate #PlayStation Fans!!”
The PlayStation 4's DRM situation is unknown as it currently stands
A NeoGAF forum member has written an open letter to Sony that explains why the company should leave physical discs alone. The letter also explains what the fan campaign is all about.
“You might be wondering what the above hashtags really mean,” the letter states. “Simply put, they are requesting you to keep things on PS4 as they are on PS3, when it comes to physical disc rights and second hand discs.” It continues, “Microsoft has ignited a firestorm in announcing a strategy for Xbox One that would see consumers unable to lend a disc to friends, unable to privately sell or swap a disc, and only able to trade discs at pre-approved retail [stores].”