It’s not a secret that I was less than excited for this years E3. Persson tried (in vain) to get my hype up. But there really isn’t anything really that exciting going on.
I guess I have to confess that I was wrong. Even though I’m still not too interested in the NEXT GEN thing. Since even though the PS4 price tag of €400 is alot less than I was thinking it still is alot more than I can afford right now. And I’ve managed good playing most games last year on my new PC. One of the things that has stood out now is the DRM War.
As Microsoft dropped the bomb in their XBOX ONE presentation that the machine would always be connected to the internet and that the games you buy would be unlocked on your account. Hinting that used games would not be playable on any other machine.
But could be unlocked for a fee. A stroke that would whipe away the whole used games market and with it every single videogame store ever.
Sony didn’t announce anything on their very short peek at the PS4. But in response to the upheaval created by the Microsoft announcement (see #nodrm) Sony higher ups were seeming quite jovial. And if that wasn’t clear enough, they announced during their conference that there would be no DRM on the PS4. They prolonged this announcement because I am sure they knew the impact it would have even before the crowd went bananas.
They even made it PS4 SUPPORTS used games.
Microsoft put some clarity to how the DRM will work on the XBOX ONE during their press conference. That you will be able to share your games with 10 people in your “family”. (In case mom would like to play Batman on her machine.)
To sum it up, it seems like Microsoft has sided with the developers to help them get rid of the used games industry taking their profit. And Sony siding with the gamers and the games stores. As the rule in business is to always side with the customer if you want profit; we’ll only have to wait and see if this DRM system will be noticeable.
Or maybe Sony knows that the disc is so shortlived that allowing discs to live out their time. All I know is that the opportunity for Sony to get the “We listen to our customers”- tag, was all too big to pass. Just watch their instructional.
And we’ll see how we will be gaming for less in the future.