Sony Further Clarifies DRM Policy: No Online Passes

Sony’s anti-DRM stance came into question after some misunderstandings from the press and public regarding online passes. The company confirmed to Game Front that third-party DRM will only apply to playing used games online and further clarified to Gamasutra that it will not permit online passes.

Scott Rohde, software product development head for Sony Worldwide Studios America said:

We’ve already come right out and said we’re not going to allow online pass. And the word “allow” is key there. Specifically with online, with PS+ requiring a charge to play online, we would not want any publisher [to charge.]

In general, we’re all businesses. Sony or Microsoft is never going to be able to tell EA or Activision exactly what they can do. What we like to say at PlayStation is that we set the precedent. The way we are approaching this is that we want this to be extremely consumer-friendly, extremely retailer-friendly, and extremely publisher-friendly. My personal opinion is that it’s hard for me to believe that any major publisher is going to put an extra set of used DRM onto game titles because that wouldn’t put them in a good spot, right?

Effectively, the situation will be no different than it was with the PS3. “That’s the easiest way to say it — it’s the same,” replied Rohde. “It’s just like it’s always was, is the easiest way to say it. Better, in fact, because online pass, in the future we’re going away from that.”

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2 Comments on Sony Further Clarifies DRM Policy: No Online Passes


On June 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

“That’s the easiest way to say it — it’s the same,”

except the part where if I play online once month with my brother, I have to pay $10. That part isn’t quite the same


On June 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

@aerisbueller Actually, it’s $5