Sony’s Jack Tretton stated in an interview with Game Trailers, that DRM will be “a decision for third-party games will be up to publishers”.
Much like the Xbox One, the DRM will be implemented as developers and publishers see fit. While any PS4 game disc can be rented, resold, offered to friends without any checks or restrictions, the actual possibility of an online pass or in-game DRM could be instated by the publisher, whether by DLC or a code. However, while companies like EA have stopped using DRM like Online Passes this doesn’t rule out a DRM alternative from publishers.
Meanwhile, Dan Race, Sony’s Communication Director said “The Online Pass program for PlayStation first-party games will not continue on PlayStation 4.”
Tretton also told GTTV “The DRM decision is going to have to be in the hands of the third parties, that’s not something we’re going to dictate or control or mandate or implement.” During its E3 press conference, Tretton said, “When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they can trade in, sell it to a friend, or lend it, keep it forever.”
Ubisoft actually came out yesterday to say that used games have had a positive effect on the gaming industry. In the interview with Games Industry International, Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot stated he “I think it’s so intense because lots of people are buying a game, reselling it and buying another one. It has a very positive impact on the industry,” Guiellmot stated, “because it keeps customers with the possibility of buying many games. Then it’s not only two or three games they can buy, and they have an idea of the industry with only a few experiences…I think it has been good for the industry; what we have to make sure is there has not been too much money lost in between.”
These guys understand gamers and how we play games. We’re not one game at a time kind of people, especially with stacked release dates.