With all the rumors circulating around about the Xbox One’s draconian DRM policy, fans have turned to Sony’s PS4 as a refuge for gamers who like to play used games and share their games with their friends. Unfortunately, new rumors have begun spreading saying that Sony may very well institute a similarly draconian policy when the PS4 comes out. In an attempt to show Sony what the gaming public wants, gamers have begun using the #PS4NoDRM and #PS4USEDGAMES hashtags, and has been flooding Sony with tweets asking them to not follow in Microsoft’s footsteps.
Sony has begun responding to the campaign with its own (mostly positive) tweets. “Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you. <3,” said SCEA producer Nick Accordino. Sony has not yet officially responded to this campaign, however, and Shuhei Yoshida, president of SCE Worldwide Studios, has remained silent on the matter.
Yoshida has previously confirmed that used games will be able to play on the PS4 and that the console will be able to run in an offline mode. However, he did not provide details on how the console handles offline mode and used games. This has caused a bit of paranoia, as fans believe that the console may still have to connect to the Internet once every 24 hours and charge a fee for used games, rendering Yoshida’s statements correct as a technicality but unfavorable in the long run. We can only hope that is not the case.