PS4′s DRM stance has set a ‘nice precedent’, suggests Sony exec

Monday, 17th June 2013 09:41 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony’s pre-E3 conference confirmed to gamers that PS4 games will be DRM free unless a publisher chooses to impose safeguards on its titles, as well as no restrictions on game sharing or the use of pre-owned titles. Sony exec Scott Rohde believes that the company has set a precedent in this area for next-gen.

Speaking with Polygon, Rohde stated that he couldn’t see any third-party publisher forcing its own DRM measure on PS4 users after Sony’s unrestricted policy became public last week.

“All those publishers were sitting in [our] press conference last night,” he said. “When Jack [Tretton], punch after punch after punch, and the house almost came down with all the cheers, they heard that. They heard it loud and clear and they saw the reaction to what our friends in green talked about. I think it’s pretty clear that we’ve set a nice precedent.”

Rohde reiterated his belief that publishers will steer clear of PS4 DRM, “Quite frankly it would be pretty surprising to me to see a third party come up with some way to set a new set of DRM rules that were able to act on top of that.”

Interestingly, Rohde was one of a few executives targeted during a Twitter-wide ‘PS4noDRM’ hastag campaign last month. Check out the impact of the campaign here.




  1. ps3fanboy

    the ps4 controller is so far ahead of its time, there is no competition. it will kill mouse and keyboards and change gamers way of controlling games for decades…. just saying.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Aullah

    Your name tells everything…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    @2 stop sucking on microsoft dick, xbot… xbone lost!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Bam007

    I’m sure no one could see any publisher enforcing some type of restriction this generation too, but that changed.

    Publishers lose money on pre-owned sales. I can see them doing something to try and get back the money they kinda deserve, but it won’t be on the scale of online passes with EA titles.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    @4 if they do drm they will lose more money, gamers are just not gonna buy their drm infested games at all. they will just have to do what nintendo said, MAKE BETTER GAMES. it is that easy, if you make crap you cant expect to earn money.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Kieran

    @3 couldn’t of said it better lol

    @4 i believe there will be a lot more of season passes in games !! or microtransactions !!! there will be some sort of scheme to get or money !!! they dont deserve it 60 euro is a lot for a single game for second hand retailers need money as well

    #6 2 years ago
  7. manamana

    I really enjoy Sony’s habit this year. Never (well probably around PS1) was a friend of the brand but you got to give them kudos, for how they act, confronted to Microsoft and Electronic Arts anyhow…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Citrus raptor

    I’m more afraid of developers trending towards games that require a server or play best online (being built around it), and that more and more games are developed with that as a goal, than I am of drm or always online.

    Because lets face it, if one has bought a game that one ‘owns’ (doesn’t require any connection at all, no drm), one will only be able to play it as it is intended to be played–or at all–during the period the server is up, whether it’s 5, 10, or 15 years. In other words: the game loses its game defining online function or wont work at all.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. karma

    #1: “the ps4 controller is so far ahead of its time, there is no competition. it will kill mouse and keyboards and change gamers way of controlling games for decades…. just saying.”

    Hehe. You dont kill M/K, theyre essential interfaces to every modern computer for the last two decades or more. lol. I cant even imagine a world without M/K, so no M/K will live on forever until we can think commands to our computers. But yeah the new PS4 controller looks like a vast improvement over the old one. Which is actually one of the reasons I didn’t get a PS3 this gen. I wouldnt say its ahead of its time though.

    Nintendo’s N64 analog / rumble controller was the only controller ahead of its time. The fact that modern controllers are all derived from it speaks for itself.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Samoan Spider

    Can we please get past this ‘PS4 has no DRM’ nonsense. It does, otherwise Sony will have an issue with people COPYING GAMES! Would be a problem if in the interests of being open and without DRM you could freely copy the blu-ray discs your mate lend you? That’d be very much like the offering MS has, except an hour of burning and a car journey is required in addition.

    What it doesn’t have is persistent online authorisation or online activations. Great things, yet not the same as saying no DRM.

    Here’s a quote from wikipedia that sums it up:

    “With First-generation DRM software, the intent is to control copying while Second-generation DRM schemes seek to control viewing, copying, printing, and altering of works or devices”

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    @1 Except apparently the XBO controller is pretty much just as good. The 360 controller is the one with no competition last gen. I never liked the Dualshock design and I'm hoping this new one improves things considerably. From what I read here the other day, it has.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. penniman

    I hate these PS3 fanboys. I hated the 360 ones and now when they all die a painful death, the PS3 ones start saying stupid shit.. Why do some rather ignorance than knowledge? Why say things that are extremely wrong and clearly misinterpreted? @1, The PS4 controller has been upgraded, but the PS3 controller was never equal to that of a 360 controller.. It was, in my opinion, worse.. First, there was no drivers in the controller but in the preset system making it incapable of being used on anything other than a PS3.. That was upgraded so now it can be used on PC aswell.. (Quite the upgrade right? Well the 360 controller could do that anyway so not really).. Then they just say some crap about things they added to make it more perceptive.. I will believe it when I see it.. Didn’t Microsoft say something rather similar with their Kinect and controller? I am in favor of a PS4, but from where I am standing, the system may be perfect and the online experience may be exquisite but the poor community which is in the making by your ignorant postings adulterate the system. The PS4 controller will never be as good as a keyboard and mouse, sad truth..

    #11 2 years ago

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