It seems that Sony had completely other plans for the PlayStation 4, but decided to change that at the last minute. Previously, we found out that Sony initially wanted to ship the PlayStation 4 with PS Eye, and a $500 price tag. But after they found out that Microsoft was doing something similar, they opted for a lower price and no PS Eye.
Now it’s revealed that something very similar happened with the PlayStation 4 used game policies. Microsoft revealed a rather harsh used game DRM on the Xbox One, and Sony had something similar on the PlayStation 4.
But after the outrage and negative feedback from gamers regarding the Xbox One, Sony quietly reversed its policies, finally revealing at E3 that the PS4 will not feature used game DRM. This is according to none other than SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who admitted the policy change in a recent interview with Japanese publication Famitsu.
Sony deliberately kept their cards close tot heir chests, and waited for Microsoft to be the first to announced a used game policy and price. Then Sony had the freedom to adjust. When Sony revealed a $399 price point and no DRM at E3, it was met with a minute-long applause from the crowd.
Microsoft has since done a complete 180, and removed the DRM and always-on Internet requirement for the Xbox One.