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Discount shoppers rejoice, DRM won't be quite as draconian on the PS4

Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida has news that will be music to gamers ears -- Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) is declining to block games with its next generation console, the PlayStation 4.

Recently rumors spread like wildfire that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) would be incorporating a strong new digital rights management (DRM) scheme into its next generation console, the Xbox 720, to prevent the resale or playing of used games.  Basically games will be associated with your Xbox Live ID, so there will be no way to transfer titles or acquire titles at a discount second hand.

In an interview with EuroGamer, Sony's Yoshida takes a different approach.  He comments, "Do you want us to do that?"

When the interviewer replied that the customer expects to get some value that they can pass on when they buy the game (and effectively pay a licensing fee to the console maker), Mr. Yoshida voiced agreement.
 
"Yes. That's the general expectation by consumers.  They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation... So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?"

Sony did file a seemingly alarming patent [PDF] last month on technology to lock a game disc to a specific console to prevent resale.  But the good news for gamers is that technology appears to have nothing to do with the PlayStation 4.

The tables have certainly turned for the company, who was once infamous for pushing dangerous DRM on customers and losing a lawsuit over the practice.  Now Sony appears to be the one pushing the market to hold off on DRM, while Microsoft is pushing hard for more draconian measures.

So the question for gamers willing to consider a Sony console is this: if Microsoft deep-sixes used games via DRM, but Sony freely allows them, would that influence your buying decision?

Source: Eurogamer



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RE: Xbox 720 vs Steam
By nolisi on 2/22/2013 1:11:19 PM , Rating: 5
You can name call the EU leadership all you want- but these days, Corporations are full of anti-consumer morons who only care about grabbing as much money as *they* can. I have no sympathy if one money grabber loses out to another.

They don't like the terms of doing business in the EU, don't do business in the EU period.

I love how corporate sympathizers love shove the "don't buy it" argument in the face of consumers, while attacking government for the exact same behavior that corporations exhibit (money grabbing) while ignoring their own cardinal rule that they impose on consumers: if you don't like it, don't buy(in this case, do business).

There's a "market" for government entities just like there's a market for suppliers/demanders. Governments like the EU can impose their costs on doing business because they have constituent consumers with disposable income...just like MS can charge what they want because they have a product that has demand.

Point being- stop complaining about governments and taxation. If a corporation didn't like it, they don't have to do business there. Stop imposing your shortsighted double standard on consumers.


RE: Xbox 720 vs Steam
By FITCamaro on 2/22/2013 3:45:48 PM , Rating: 1
Corporations exist to make money. Government's should not.

I am all for companies not doing business in states, countries, or continents that punish them for trying to do business there.


RE: Xbox 720 vs Steam
By nolisi on 2/22/2013 8:00:18 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Corporations exist to make money. Government's should not.


Governments exist to serve people (and subsequently corporations). In order to do that they need money. They do exist at some level to make money.

You always seem to stop short of logical conclusions.


RE: Xbox 720 vs Steam
By FITCamaro on 2/22/2013 3:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone loves to say "corporations shouldn't be greedy" until they have a product they want to sell and want to make money off it. Maybe you're stupid enough to want other people or a government telling you how much money you should be allowed to make, but I don't.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I don't want anyone doing anything bad to me, so I'm not going to try to do anything bad (or get a government to do it for me) to anyone else.


RE: Xbox 720 vs Steam
By Chaser on 2/22/2013 5:39:00 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I love how corporate sympathizers love shove the "don't buy it" argument in the face of consumers, while attacking government for the exact same behavior that corporations exhibit (money grabbing) while ignoring their own cardinal rule that they impose on consumers: if you don't like it, don't buy(in this case, do business).
Unlike governments -EU and elsewhere- corporations try and make money. Governments take from everyone including corporations. Governments very rarely turn a profit. They operate way out of their means and rather than operate responsibly with budgeting they borrow money into obivion with impunity. CEO's can't campaign and rise to the top on a platform of creating a shared misery "utopia" with other people's confiscated money while they get rich.


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