Playstation 4: Yes to Used Games, No to Always-On DRM

Which next-gen console will be better? Game Front gives the definitive opinion with our massive Xbox One vs. Playstation 4 Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.

Popular opinion turned against Microsoft May 21, as soon as the Xbox One reveal ended. The press conference seemed to confirm everyone’s worst fears — about the console’s always-on requirement, about its uncertain commitment to privacy, and about the complicated system introduced to govern used games.

Subsequent public statements simply clouded the issue. On June 6, Microsoft updated the Xbox One’s homepage with new info that confirmed the presence of an online pass, without resolving the used games or privacy situations. Today, during its E3 press conference, Microsoft avoided the tough topics, focusing instead on a fair-to-middling suite of new games and the announcement of a price point: $499

All Sony had to do, the accepted wisdom went, was to show off a Playstation 4 that was free of the Xbox One’s many confusions and complications. And that’s exactly what the Japanese giants did during their press conference. As a triumph of marketing over a direct competitor, it was a bloodbath: Sony had more games, better games, and more of the indie games likely to be embraced by the gaming press; The Playstation 4 is also $100 cheaper than its competitor.

Still, it wasn’t until the end of the press conference that Sony stuck the knife in. Over the course of two devastating slides, CEO Jack Tretton reassured gamers that playing disc-based games on the Playstation 4 would require no internet connection, and that lending games, selling games, and buying used games would work just as it always has. In short: the Xbox One has these problems, and the Playstation 4 doesn’t. You can see a gallery of the slides below:

After the press conference ended, Sony delivered a little twist of the knife, in what might be the first ever example of trolling conducted between two multi-billion dollar companies. Taking aim squarely at the Byzantine Xbox One policies that govern loaning games to a friend, two Sony Executives decided to have a little fun. See for yourself:

What will Microsoft’s response be? The company has three days of E3 to change the narrative, or it may face a very unhappy shopping season this fall.

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5 Comments on Playstation 4: Yes to Used Games, No to Always-On DRM


On June 11, 2013 at 5:22 am

Microsoft will either try to limit the damage with vague rhetoric or will just arrogantly push through with their unpopular/insane plans while spewing venom at Sony. Classless tits.


On June 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

Unless Sony just totally falls on their face, the new generation is won before it even begins.


On June 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

Mmmm… that’s some good schadenfreude. I just want to drive up to Redmond and make smug preening noises at Microsoft employees.


On June 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

I’m not fanboying for Micro$oft here (PC is the master race).

But like the always online DRM thing, who cares? People who do have never been disconnected from the internet anyway.

Not to mention like the whole PSN outage, you add all those days together that it was offline and it’s probably more time than you were ever offline in two or three years lol.

The used game thing in my opinion is only going to hurt the publishers, which in turn lets publishers make ty ports and offer ty support for PS3 titles (Skyrim, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed).

Just saying.

Fuck Off

On June 14, 2013 at 3:23 am

@lol – why are you still here? Seriously, find another hobby kid.