There has been a lot of fuss about used games on the PlayStation 4. Would Sony do what Microsoft is doing, and setup a complex system that limits used games on the system, or would they do what they did on the PS3?
Sony has (sort of) answered that question. The company said that they won’t mandate DRM on used games on the PlayStation 4 like Microsoft. However, game publishers will be free to implement their own system if they chose to. And considering how game publishers have complained about used games for years, it’s likely that most of them will implement some sort of system that limits second-hand sales of their games.
Today on the PS3, players can purchase and play used games. But publishers can require the game to be registered, especially when playing online. EA’s “online pass” required gamers to pay $10 if they wanted to play a used game online.
At the very least, it’s good to know that Sony won’t implement a DRM system themselves on the PlayStation 4. Recently, a Twitter campaign was lobbying Sony not to force used PlayStation 4 games to be registered online.