While Microsoft coyly prevaricates on what exactly its policy about used games and the Xbox One is, game fans have taken to Twitter to ask that Sony not get involved in any of this nasty DRM business with the launch of the PlayStation 4.
The campaign started in response to comments from GameTrailers’ Geoff Keighley, who seemed to suggest that Sony might be implementing some sort of something similarly controversial with its next-gen console.
“Microsoft is getting beaten up a lot on it,” he said. “Sony, I think, has been seen as this kind of white knight so far that’s not going to restrict used games. Based on some of the things I’m hearing, I don’t think that’s entirely true, because I can’t see publishers allowing one system to do one thing and one do another.”
So over on NeoGAF, forum users compiled a list of high profile Sony executives and encouraged everybody to say something to them about DRM and used games, just in case they hadn’t already realised that DRM and rumours of additional used game activation fees aren’t very popular with gamers.
Although Sony big boss Shuhei Yoshida has not (yet) responded to the #PS4NoDRM and #PS4USEDGAMES hashtags, Sony hardware marketing manager John Koller said that, “This is why I love PlayStation fans – the passion bucket overflows,” and SCEA producer Nick Accordino added that he’s “Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you. <3”
Whether or not this campaign will make any real difference whatsoever remains to be seen. I’m predicting it won’t, but that’s because being pessimistic leaves open the possibility of being pleasantly surprised. Being optimistic means there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be crushed by disappointment and have to cry yourself to sleep instead.