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E3 2013: DRM-free PS4 is a PR play – expect similar policies across both consoles, say sources

Several development sources have told us that they expect game publishers to implement similar DRM policies across Xbox One and PS4, despite what has unfolded at E3 this week.

Our contacts described Sony’s conference announcements as a PR play, and revealed that its decision to go DRM-free was made at the very last minute.

Each platform holder’s DRM policy has changed continually over the last few months, they said, though Microsoft’s initial stance was much tougher than its position today. This suggests that the platform holder’s decision to let publishers decide for themselves whether to implement DRM on Xbox One was not part of the original plan.

Ultimately, the developers we spoke to understand the need to protect the revenues made on their work, and expect to see broadly similar DRM restrictions across both PS4 and Xbox One – in one instance, it was suggested that these measures were essential for the console business to survive.

We were also told that final publishing agreements will not be drawn up for at least another month, so the terms of engagement could yet change once more before each console launches at the end of the year.

We have contacted Sony for comment.

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I don't know what to believe. I though if something was announced officially, it was final



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the2real4mafol said:
I don't know what to believe. I though if something was announced officially, it was final


I find this this the most interessting thing:

We were also told that final publishing agreements will not be drawn up for at least another month

I think some publishers will play hardball with Sony on DRM



 

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I expect some third parties to do it, but if all/most are doing it then it'll really suck and the whole no DRM thing will be useless.



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Guess I'm gonna find out myself, for now everything Sony said is true and official, if they would change their policies during the gen, I can be pissed and take actions. Right now, I'm happy with what they announced.



So it is happening...PS4 preorder.

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Anyone with a working brain knew that already :(.



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Wouldn't surprise me. Publishers will likely get quite angry now.

But if they do go DRM, I can see the media turning on Sony. So it's going to be interesting...



 

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NiKKoM said:
the2real4mafol said:
I don't know what to believe. I though if something was announced officially, it was final


I find this this the most interessting thing:

We were also told that final publishing agreements will not be drawn up for at least another month

I think some publishers will play hardball with Sony on DRM

I really hope Sony keeps to what it already said. I guess they can say anything, but it's not even guarentueed. How ridiculous!



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'When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called the people's stick'- Mikhail Bakunin

Prediction: Switch will sell better than Wii U Lifetime Sales by Jan 1st 2018

They lied? Potentially anyway... The backlash would be huge if the internet wasn't more Sony oriented.