Sony Devs Respond to ‘PS4 No DRM’ Twitter Campaign

Many gamers have kicked up a storm over the recent revelation that Microsoft would be implementing strict DRM measures in its upcoming console, the Xbox One, in an effort to break the used games market.

The same cloud of worry looms overhead Sony’s next-gen console, the PlayStation 4, after rumors originating from GameTrailers’ Geoff Keighley suggested that the Japanese company would be imposing a similar DRM scheme to prevent trade-ins and break the sale of used games. In turn, users on NeoGAF kicked off the “No PS4 DRM” campaign on Twitter to urge the company not to go ahead with the DRM—unsubstantiated rumors or otherwise.

The head of Sony Hardware Marketing, John Koller, and several other Sony employees including SCEA producer Nick Accordino and PlayStation Sony Product Development Head Scott Rohde have acknowledged the campaign and responded publicly on Twitter with messages of support.




Call me cynical, but it’s as if Sony’s executives circulated a memo advising its managers to acknowledge the fans. Be that as it may, it’s a step in the right direction for the company to acknowledge its users and hopefully, they’ll follow through with their messages of support with more than just talk.

The campaign has since picked up a lot of press, notably from Jim Sterling at Destructoid, who laid out what the fans wanted from Sony, which has yet to make any official comment regarding its plans for pre-owned games on the PlayStation 4.

Source: Gameranx.

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7 Comments on Sony Devs Respond to ‘PS4 No DRM’ Twitter Campaign

Zing 45

On May 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

Considering this DRM thing on Xbox One is most likely heavily influenced by the publishers, there is a very good chance the PS4 will have something similar. The publishers are going to want to support the console that promotes their way of doing business and that definitely includes a way of getting a chunk of the used game market. Sony isn’t going to want to push the publishers over to Microsoft because of that so more then likely you will see it on their console as well.


On May 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

OK if games are cheaper to buy I don’t mind the whole fiasco on used games. But what I really want if for both these companies allowing Backwards compatibility. Whoever allows it I’m going to join them. If not I’m not buying either of them. I really dont trade games. The purchases I make are smart purchases not blind purchases. But what is the point to keep buying PS3 and XBOX 360 games if these consoles are not backwards compatible. This includes xbox live and PSN.


On May 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm

If Sony wants to just completely and utterly dominate the market in the coming year the smartest things they could do is publicly announce the plans to scrap any DRM that limits the use of pre owned games should any such DRM already exist, or just flat out refuse to implement any such limitations if they currently have no DRM plans of that type, followed by relentlessly crowing about it during E3.

Sadly if such DRM plots are in the works for the PS4 I doubt they’ll be taken down now. The bubble most publishers live in has cast us as enemies instead of customers.


On May 28, 2013 at 4:39 am

“Sadly if such DRM plots are in the works for the PS4 I doubt they’ll be taken down now. The bubble most publishers live in has cast us as enemies instead of customers.”
+1, helas….

as i said in a previous article about the xbox one, they (microsoft and sony) will say to us that even if the mecanism exist, it’ll we be a “scenario”, and “afterthough”… and forgot to precise that publisher as EA will run through this “mecanism”…
Remember that sony made a brevet about used game too, not too long ago…


On May 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Well, it is good that they are aware that this is important, and if they are smart, they’ll see it as a pretty easy way to grab customers. Of course, I’m also cynical enough to not be terribly impressed. Saying things like “we hear you” is nice and all, but I’ve seen plenty of companies say something like that and then go ahead and do what they wanted anyway.


On May 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

What gasmaskangel said x 1000. To beat Microsoft and everyone else, Sony needs to become SONY again, i.e. the unstoppable powerhouse. They should *immediately* get with SE if their not already and lay it out: “OK, we f**ked up, you f**ked up…now let’s put all of that drama behind us and f**king DOMINATE again!! We *know* how to do this as a team and we will give you every dev tool you could possibly want. We’ll push the boundaries of the hardware as far as humanly possible and leave you an open door to blowing our fan’s ever-loving minds. Are you with us, guys??” BANZAI! BANZAI! BANZAI!


On May 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

This is the same same thing that Blizzard and Bioware and Epic and countless others say without actually dealing with the issue at hand before either dismissing our concerns as much ado about nothing or outright ignoring it. Lip service means nothing. How about a straightforward answer for once?