PlayStation fans are calling on Sony to not implement any form of DRM (Digital Rights Management) and to not block used games for the PlayStation 4. While Sony has said that the PlayStation 4 will be able to play used games, no specific details were given about how second hand software or any form of DRM would be handled.
In response to reports over the weekend which speculated that Sony might be looking into possible DRM to restrict used games on its next gen console, NeoGaf forum user, famousmortimer, called on his fellow PlayStation users to let know Sony know that they do not wish to see any such form of restrictions on the PlayStation 4. Users are encouraged to use the hashtags #PS4NoDRM and #PS4USEDGAMES via Twitter to tweet at key Sony executives as well as third party developers pleading them to seriously reconsider this issue before the console goes on sale this holiday season.
In response to the overwhelming support from their fans, head of Hardware Marketing at Sony PlayStation, John Koller tweeted: “This is why I love PlayStation fans- the passion bucket overflows #playstation” and SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) producer Nick Accordino tweeted the following: “Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you. <3”.
Update: Gamers can finally relax. Sony has confirm that they won’t be implementing any sort of used games DRM on the Playstation 4. At a roundtable with reporters, Sony’s game studios chief, Shuhei Yoshida, said “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.”