Sony has made it official that it won't be implementing any sort of DRM in the PlayStation 4 to stop the use of used-games The confirmation comes in the form of Sony retroactively having answered the question of used-game DRM. Kotaku had decided to contact Sony directly about the question, and the Sony representative pointed Kotaku towards a statement made by Sony studio chief Shuhei Yoshida back in February.
According to Yoshida, “At a roundtable this morning, Sony's game studios chief, Shuhei Yoshida, told reporters that any requirement for users to register a game online in order to play it would be left to game publishers. Sony won't require that.”
DRM is up to the developers, says Sony
Sony has been playing the PR game quite well with its next-gen console. Just recently, Sony boss Kazuo Hirai said that for the PlayStation 4, games come first. This comes in the wake of Microsoft's controversial Xbox One unveiling where the company talked about the Xbox One's TV capabilities for the majority of the event.
At the D11 conference, Hirai said, “The most important thing we need to do is agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers.” He continued, “If we miss that part, I don't think we get the initial establishment of the console. That formula has worked for us with all our consoles, including the PS3.”
This doesn't mean that the PlayStation 4 won't have any non-gaming functionality, though. Hirai has said that the company will be revealing more non-gaming related functionality of the PS4 later. “Providing other non-game content is an area we will reveal and talk about in the coming months, but it's first and foremost a video game console.” Sony is bound to unveil more information about the PS4 at the upcoming E3.
The PlayStation 4 is expected to hit stores later this year.
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