Sony may join Microsoft in looking to implement a form of digital rights management for the sale of used video games, according to speculation at the weekend.
Games industry celebrity Geoff Keighley has received information from inside sources, suggesting that buying used PS4 games won’t be as easy and straightforward as it has been on previous consoles.
Since the launch of the Xbox One console, Microsoft has copped a lot of flack for its apparent plans to make gamers buy a new liwence for second hand games.
This plan, which Microsoft is yet to outline clearly, would allow it and the game publishers to take a cut of the sale, leaving the retailers who depend hugely on trade-ins with less profit and the consumer having to fork over more for used games.
However, according to Keighley, it’ll be an industry-wide trend when the PS4 arrives in time for Christmas.
Speaking on Bonus Round TV on Sunday night, he said: “The one thing that is amazing to me is that right now we’re not hearing a lot from the game publishers about what their view is on this. The console companies are becoming the bad guys. And, you know, Microsoft is getting beaten up a lot on it.
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.”
Sony itself has done little to dispel Keighley’s suspicions, but it may clear up the matter at E3 in a couple of weeks, where Microsoft is expected to do the same.
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