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Sony PS4 anxiety after Xbox One DRM confirmation

With just days to go until Microsoft’s big E3 2013 press conference, the company has finally decided to own up and clarify some hard truths on the big confusion regarding DRM and used-game policies on the Xbox One. It was suggested that the next-gen system needed an internet check every 24 hours – now it has been confirmed as a done deal.

Microsoft has released a series of press releases, confirming that offline gaming on the Xbox One will not be possible unless you have an internet connection. You will be able to play offline for up to 24 hours, but after that Microsoft has now confirmed in black and white that gaming won’t be possible – only live TV and movie watching.

Another issue clarified is when you come to signing into your Xbox Live profile on a different console. Microsoft has confirmed that you’ll be able to do this, but you can only access your information for one hour, before the system will need an internet check before continuing. If you have no connection after one hour on a different console – you won’t be able to continue.

We’re also relieved to see that Microsoft has also taken the time to clear up the mess regarding used game policies on the Xbox One as well. It’s not good news though, as while Microsoft confirms that used-game fees will not be employed by them, they will be leaving it up to the publishers on a game-by-game basis to decide themselves whether they want to adopt fees, or indeed allow used-games to work on the Xbox One.

How about this though – you will be able to sell your used Xbox One game, but only at ‘participating retailers’, so no more trading games in at your favorite, but lesser known private game store. Even then, it will be up to the publisher of the game in question, as to whether you can trade the game in at all. While Microsoft appears to shift the problem away – which publishers are actually going to allow used-games to be in heavy circulation when most publishers are largely against used games anyway?

It is not particularly good reading, but at least Microsoft has finally clarified the situation which they needed to do. To recap, you definitely need an internet connection to play Xbox One and publishers will be in charge as to whether you’ll need to pay an activation fee on top and in charge of whether you can trade in their game or not. Give us your reaction to this.

After hearing this information, does it cast a potential doubt in your mind that Sony may actually be thinking of the same plans with regards to used-game licenses? We already know that the PS4 will not need an internet connection at all times for offline gaming, but the used-game PS4 debate is still very uncertain at this point.

Are you still planning to buy the Xbox One, or does this make your decision to go with PS4 much more justified now?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Jes
Jes

This is terribly disappointing. It’s sad to see. I’ve been a pretty avid Xbox user since the original Xbox, always preferring the Xbox and Xbox 360 over it’s competitors. But now, I don’t see how I can buy an Xbox One. It’s basically turned itself into an inferior PC(with TV capabilities, but I already have a functional TV provider that I plan to keep). If the PS4 follows the path the Xbox One has in terms of DRM, I’ll probably just start avoiding consoles. If not, I’m 100% behind buying a PS4. If Sony keeps it’s current stance on not… Read more »

sininchaos
sininchaos

this is terrible. Xbox is really messing themselves up with this and it will not go well with gamers in my opinion. I’m heading toward the PS4!

Angry gamer
Angry gamer

Being an avid Xbox fan for 5 years and gaining over 100k Gamerscore I am sad to say after reading this artical I will not be buying an Xbox one. It all boils down to money at the end of day. Also it is highly possible that Rental Store like Blockbuster will go under as they will most likely lose thier game rental revenue. So not only does Microsoft just want your money; Thier policies could cost people thier jobs. I would say to people do not buy the xbox to send Microsoft a message but people are going to… Read more »

Orange Lada
Orange Lada

Wii U … Have a PS3 and don’t see any value in moving to a PS4 yet.

PS4 is a long-term maybe. Xbox One is a definite NO!

yo
yo

They are trying to push blame on the publishers. Of course they’ll be using the fee system because Microsoft implemented it!!!

slims_post
slims_post

Sony patent United States Application US20130007892

slims_post
slims_post

Sony’s used games will be resticted using an RFID tracking chip in the discs, or at least that is what a recent patent filing says.

Asher Madan
Asher Madan

I don’t know about this, I don’t really have an issue because I’m always connected. I’ll get the PS4 and XBox One because both have great exclusives I want to play. No point fighting over this.

Asher Madan
Asher Madan

I’m pretty sure they said publishers will decide about used games and if they need an internet connection for their games.

Asher Madan
Asher Madan

Sony has the same policy.

slims_post
slims_post

Unless they’ve changed there minds, Sony has already said that used game fees are up to the publishers so sounds like the same thing.
Wonder when Sony will choose to clarify their policy.

TheinsanegamerN
TheinsanegamerN

Meh. doesnt matter. already switched to pc a long time ago. im getting a ps3 when the ps4 comes out, since the ps3 will have tons of good games. same thing has gone for almost every console ive owned (except the ps2). as for the xbox one….just wait and see how long until someone circumvents the online requirements. my bets are on 2-3 days

xpkiller
xpkiller

omg that doesnt change our mind were still getting a ps4 once sony dont mess up,but i dought they will

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