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Sony PS4 DRM fears countered with fan action

It’s fair to say that some gamers have been left confused with some aspects of Microsoft’s Xbox One console reveal. Specifically, the aspects relating to how used-games will work and always-on connectivity, which has yet to be clarified in full detail. Microsoft has failed to set the record straight and give a defining answer to these topics, leading some gamers to become worried on whether Sony has similar DRM motives to announce at E3 2013.

Sony are yet to say how used-games will work on the PS4 remember, or indeed if they will work at all. After Microsoft’s event, we seemingly had a confirmation from Vice President Phil Harrison that a fee would be needed to play a used game, which was later rumored to be £35 on top of the second-hand game itself.

Sensing that Sony may be tempted to use a similar plan for used games on the Sony PS4, gamers have once again united over on Neogaf and Reddit – sending a message out to key Sony execs on Twitter in the hope that they are listening to community feedback to not impose DRM restrictions of any kind on the PS4.

Users have been sending out messages non stop with the hashtags #PS4NoDRM and #PS4USEDGAMES to figures like Sony worldwide president Shuhei Yoshida and head of hardware marketing John Koller. The good news is that it looks like the mass movement is starting to gain some attention, with many Sony execs already acknowledging the ‘passion’ made by the PlayStation universe.

Having seen the fierce backlash over reports that the Xbox One checks for an internet connection once every 24 hours, Sony has the opportunity to win over a significant amount of consumers if they don’t follow with a similar plan. It’s clear that Sony will have some sort of plan to allow used PS4 games on the system, but fans do not want to see any charges whatsoever associated with them.

Have you joined forces with others in messaging Sony execs on Twitter, against potential DRM measures on the PS4? You’ll find all of the required messaging material over at Neogaf. Not long to go now until E3!

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.

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Regardless of Sony’s DRM policy, one thing has been made very, very, VERY clear:

Xbox is for the casual gamer. PS4 is for the passionate, hardcore gamers.

And the storm of tweets, comments, forum threads, yada yada, all giving Sony praise and laughing at Microsoft, cannot be ignored. We’re sending a very strong message.

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