The PlayStation 4 could be as restricted as the Xbox One

Microsoft has finally come clean regarding everything related towards DRM and second hand games. However, once reading through the confessional, one tends to realise that the lockdown on second hand games as well as having access to an internet connection may not just be a Microsoft thing.

Xbox One was confirmed as requiring online check-ins once every 24 hours, and Microsoft confirmed that its console wouldn’t charge for used games at publisher’s discretion. < (Please take note of this sentence.) This means that if publishers are indeed in control of how their games operate on each console, then Sony and the PlayStation 4 would have to adhere to the same restrictions that Microsoft has been placed on the chopping block for… right?

Think about it, why would one console function completely different to its competitor… especially if the same publishers and developers are creating games for each platform? Logically, this means that Sony’s PlayStation 4 should feature similar restrictions as the Xbox One. Granted, Sony has not revealed all their cards yet; however, how can one console be restricted by DRM and second hand fees when the other is not? It just does not make sense.

While Microsoft has been in the line of fire from gamers across the globe… is it not time that we start focusing on the PlayStation 4 – as there is a massive possibility that the same restrictions that apply to the Xbox One may be implemented within Sony’s console.

While I may just be rambling on, it does make sense that both consoles will come with restrictions. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • NathanDrake777

    http://www.nowgamer.com/news/1949419/ps4_wont_require_an_internet_connection_confirms_mark_cerny.html
    There goes your theory. MS is doing this on their own. Stop trying to throw Sony under the bus with MS when its been confirmed over and over.

    • http://www.joystiq.com/ stopshortorgolong

      Sony hasn’t revealed all their drm plans so all you flag waving sony queers should hold your breath for awhile. I’ve never seen a populace so pathetically loyal to a product as you queers. Sony will end up with the same drm policies as MS. Me, I’ll be enjoying both consoles even with all their faults.

      • NathanDrake777

        GTFO, the ones who are patheticly loyal is Xbox One apologists trying to defend MS practices right now. MS is raping its customers and instead of trying to stop them, guys like you pass them lube. Are you capable of reading, PS4 doesn’t require an internet connection. How are they going to have the same policies without a constant online checkup like MS does. Just becuase you don’t want Xbox to be singled out doesn’t mean Sony will have the same policies. Sony queer? I own a 360, just because I don’t try to make excuses for MS means I’m a Sony queer? Hilarious. I’m not supporting MS and their crap console this time around.

        • http://www.joystiq.com/ stopshortorgolong

          You Sony flag waving knowitalls got your shit tied in a knot and believe everything Sony tosses your way. Why do you think they’ve been so silent on the used game issue? They.ve been letting MS take all the lead to the belly while they sit back and laugh and issue their exact same drm plans, you wait and see NathanFake.

          • NathanDrake777

            Unfarted, haha, good one. Much better than Queers of War. They havent been quiet, they’ve said time and time again PS4 doesn’t have a system in place to block used games and will be up to the publishers just like this generation. It won’t require an internet connection. Unlike Xbox One that requires a check up every 24 hours to even function. This ifno came from the system architect Mark Cerny himself, but that doesn’t stop the author or idiots like your from ignoring it and trying to throw PS4 under the bus with Xbox One to make MS not look as bad. Get a life idiot fanboy. The Xbox brand is sinking. Deal with it.

          • John Joe Silver

            they said a permanent connection… could do a similar check in connection like Xbone

          • NathanDrake777

            http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/2013/03/20/michael-denny/
            No connection required AT ALL. Theres no way for you to spin this.

          • Dsty2001

            Word play my friend, they never once stated the PS4 won’t need a connection at all. He simply stated that you won’t need a internet connection to enjoy the games (As you can for 24 hours with a Xbox One)

          • Ahmazin

            .. E3 confirmed, now what?

          • cywizz

            Sony is heading towards a PC model…you don’t need internet connection, although the game publisher might require you to be connected (always on gaming)

        • http://www.joystiq.com/ stopshortorgolong

          Oh and played all Unfarted games and……..BORING!!!

    • John Joe Silver

      well if you look at the mans wording he says a permanent connection isn’t required… same with xbone you don’t need a permanent, check in just a once every 24 hours other than that you can play offline..so sony might still have a similar function in place

      • NathanDrake777

        “Playstation 4 can be enjoyed old school with no internet connection at all”
        http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/2013/03/20/michael-denny/
        No, they don’t have anything in place like that. You just want Sony to follow what MS is doing. Why not let MS learn their lesson and change their tune instead of hoping their competitors do the same draconian practice?

        • John Joe Silver

          i dont want M$ to do it i think it’s ridiculous

          but to think Sony won’t implement something similar is wishful thinking i believe… they’re a corporation after all and profits always matter most

          • Justin

            It’s all about DRM. Microsoft’s method is merely one way of doing it. Sony has already said that used games will be left up to publishers, but at the same time they’ve said that there will be no internet requirement.

            Most likely, they will institute some form of DRM, just not the way Microsoft is doing it. Which is fine with me. I don’t care about used games. Paying 5 to 10 dollars less to buy used is just cheap.

          • SiliconNooB

            Buying used games isn’t just about price.

            My entire GameCube library is second hand because I never owned a Cube at the time, and only got the games after buying a Wii.

            Also, current trusted rumours suggest that Sony have a viable form of DRM in place, but that the reaction to the Xbone has convinced them to abandon it.

    • SiliconNooB

      Sony doesn’t require an active internet connection to block used games. They have developed a disc watermarking technology which is able to lock games to consoles.

  • oldtimer

    Its impossible for Sony to have the same restrictions as Microsoft because they have stated that you can play it without being online. That means you;
    1) can lend it to whomever you want to ( unlike Xbone where you can only lend it to somebody who has been on your friends list for 30 days).
    2) can lend it to people as many times as you like (m$ only lets you lend it out once to someone, then restricts it).
    3) can sell the game privately when and where you like (Xbone requires you to go through their fixed channels or nothing).

    Even if there is some sort of arrangement with developers, the fact that you don’t have to go online to register the game or check in means that they could only ever restrict online gaming (unlike Microsoft who won’t even allow offline gaming).

    If there are restrictions in place, they will be VERY different from micro$ofts draconian measures!

    • NathanDrake777

      @ Oldtimer, exactly. I’m sure Darryl knows this. He’s just another Xbox fanboy trying to throw Sony under the bus with MS. The damage control for Xbox One is getting pathetic these days.

      • CataclysmicDawn

        Have you met Darryl? If anything, he’s a Wii U fanboy.

        His worries are valid though, Sony may look like the paragons of console-kind at this point, but they’re going to have to adapt to keep third-party publishers on-board. The unfortunate part about that is the possible restriction on games, even if not in the same intrusive manner as MS.

    • John Joe Silver

      you can play the xbone offline aswell for a 24 hour stretch… PS4 could have something similar in place

      • Darrius

        No, it can’t because you NEVER have to connected the PS4 to the internet.

        To say it your way, “you can play the Xbone offline for a 24 hour stretch, but you can play the PS4 offline for a stretch of time that lasts forever”

        • Dsty2001

          I never once seen a statement by Sony saying you definitively won’t need an internet connection AT ALL.

          • Ahmazin

            Now you have. Deal with it!

          • gamerguy

            That poor twat is a dumbass!

        • John Joe Silver

          sony worded it nicely but never once have they said you’ll never require a connection, they just said you can play it offline

      • gamerguy

        Not A fucking chance you moron!!!!! Sony already confirmed you won’t have to! What a load of utter moronic BS!

        • John Joe Silver

          they stated at the reveal that everything is subject to change so now M$ have announced it the publishers might enforce something similar

          • Phillip

            Publishers =/= Sony dumb ass.

          • Dsty2001

            For first party titles, yes. Everything else, no

            You sir are the dumb ass

          • John Joe Silver

            yeah but the publisher’s control a large flow of the games coming to the PS4

        • Dsty2001

          Word play, Sony never once said you didn’t require a internet connection at all. Also, there are other DRM in place (that are much worse) then requiring a 24 hour checkin.

          • gamerguy

            Yeah, but there isn’t on the PS4 is there?! How the fuck do you feel now! HAHAHAHAHahahaha

          • Phillip

            Denial much? That e3 conference must have shattered your little world.

      • gamerguy

        See you fucking moron, what did I say! Look at you advertising your own ignorance!

        • John Joe Silver

          except i said PS could potentially have something different… they don’t big deal… you need to relax and take a breath

    • $25716550

      exactly…that is what most people are missing the point on, sony has very plainly stated that it at not point even considered an always online, or even ever online system, unless they are outright lying (which would be a huge failure they would never make) you can buy a ps4 and literally never take it online, so, while it is possible there are used games restrictions for the next gen on sony, it will most likely be only down to microsofts first play at narrowing the field on where you can sell your games to (even this i dont see happening, because how could sony know if you bought your game from gamestop or joe blow if your system was never online)….i think a lot of the bigger publishers are going with models like titanfall or destiny’s always online universe w.o a “single player” portion, which would essentially let them decide on the used games front, and i think games like these are the only thing keeping sony from being able to state outright that it won’t restrict used games….and while that gaming type may increase exponentially in the coming years, hopefully we will still have quality publishers like naughty dog who understand that in order for us to become fully immersed in the game world, we can’t have some 12 year old talking about how he boned our mom while we explore distant galaxies….microsoft is the company that wants to bring this on, sony is the company trying to hold the tide at bay and let us game the way we want to, hands down

      • tlcdlite

        Who makes the games? Sony or the developers? What ever the developers say or demand goes or else no games on your system, and who would lose you or Sony? My guess is Sony, cause you will jump ship to the system with all or the most games, case in point Nintendo Wii u ring a bell……..

        • Phillip

          LOL! you are an idiot. What the developers say? First of all it would be the publishers. Secondly they couldn’t survive on one console. They were able to in the Ps2 era because of how huge that user base was compared to the others (Ps2 160mil. everything else less than 50mil)

          • tlcdlite

            Again who makes the games the publishers or the developers?

          • Phillip

            Hey dumb ass, the publishers are the one that control it after the game releases. the developers don’t maintain the servers.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      This is very well thought out, although I see massive pressure being placed on Sony from publishers to attempt to institute something like this.

      • Blaze Blue

        Yeah I can’t see Sony getting away from this

    • Blaze Blue

      How the hell is it impossible for Sony to do the same. It just sounds like you are in denial.

  • http://www.joystiq.com/ stopshortorgolong

    People just love to bitch and moan. NathanFake is a typical complainer who goes online to get attention and take part in his favorite pastime. Bitch and moan about MS. Me, I’m a glass half full person. I’ll wait and see til all cards are on the table. I play both relevant current consoles and plan on doing so in the next gen. Complainers and crybabies, go ahead and have your field day and get all your tears out, it’s ok to cry when you are used to doing it.

    • NathanDrake777

      The cards are on the table dumbass, youre just in denial. How many times does MS have to say they require a 24 hour check in connection before you get it. How many times does Sony have to say PS4 doesn’t require an internet connection before you get it. You’re the kind of person that takes it up the ass with no lube because you can’t put your fanboyism aside. I own both PS3 and 360 but I’m not going to make excuses for MS on this one. Cry some moar for me dumbass fanboy.

      • http://www.joystiq.com/ stopshortorgolong

        Let me ask you one thing NathanFake? Whatever MS does, how does it affect your life? You plan on buying a PS4 , so how does, whatever comes in the xbox change your life? See, I don’t give a shit what Nintendo does because I don’t plan on buying a WiiU. So in other words, you like to bitch and moan about something you’ll never have or want making all your statements about xbox one redundant. So really you don’t have any right to bitch!

        • Ahmazin

          I own every Microsoft system and had planned to buy the One. Not any more. You are the epitome of a fanboy. Beyond reason you’ll support a anti-consumer product like the One. Because it doesn’t effect you, who cares about Soldiers that gets left out, right? Who cares about people without the means or access, because it doesn’t effect you? Well I care and I will not support Any company that picks developers making more money, over the people that puts money already in all their pockets. Microsoft isn’t giving you something free, they’re charging you for it. Developers aren’t giving you something free. You pay for it. People like you make it bad for everyone else because you take no responsibility for what happens if this system is successful. What if they started charging you money to upgrade your weapons, because if you don’t, you’re never beat the game. The biggest fail of people like you is that you fail to see the big picture of where something like this could lead to. Keep saying it’s ok, it doesn’t matter. You keep giving them an inch, I bet you one day, they’re going to take a mile. No I’m not crying. I’m telling Microsoft and you exactly what I think. I will spend my money elsewhere. And if Sony does the same thing, f**K them to. But until then, they have future buy. The Xbox One will never cross the threshold of my house unless they change that these policy. I guaranf*ckintee. It. And that’s from a original Xbox and 3x’s Xbox 360 owner.

          • Blaze Blue

            You are so full of shit

          • Ahmazin

            How exactly am I “full of shit?” Empty comment without an explanation? So you don’t care that deployed service people are left out of the Xbox One’s policies?

          • Blaze Blue

            So you need me to describe how much of a particular shit that you are full of?

          • Ahmazin

            Yes, explain it to me in your words, with the intellect of a 5 year old. E3 reveals are done. PS4 is far superior than the Xbox One.

          • Blaze Blue

            It’s funny you are talking about someone’s intellect and here you are a grown adult complaining over a gaming system. I’m 15 and I for one hand is replying to your dumb ass remarks. You talk about ps4 being superior, it’s not that powerful then the xbox one. Grow up father time

  • gamerguy

    What makes you think it will be as restricted ay? Dummie! Stop trying to morons feel better about this xbot BS! Get a grip! I VERY much doubt Sony will have anything even close to this horseshit. Shut yr fucking mouth until you have some facts to share!

    • Blaze Blue

      You really sound like an ass. Like a real grown ass adult
      sounding like a true dumb ass. Get yourself together man.

  • Blaze Blue

    you dush bag are soooooooo in denial. I really (lol) can’t believe you guys are so naive, it just bugs me out. Sony did came out and said that it is up to the publisher for DRM, but how do you expect for them to allow you to install a game on your ps4 without being safe to assume that the game you have is not going to another hand. If you can that means you can install a game and returned it to get another one. Good luck you guys, snap into a slim jim.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      You install games onto the HDD now, to aid in running them, I see a similar thing happening on the PS4.

  • Ispeakthetruth

    This guy actually has a point. Sony has been tight lipped and Microsoft finally let us all know what is happening, but come on! This guy makes sense, so cut him a little slack. If the people who make games want to charge for second hand then clearly Sony will have to agree to it. At the end of the day it is not just about whose the bigger PS or Xbox fanboy, it is which developer/publisher is gonna twist there rubber arm to charge us a fee. Oh and for all the people trolling, Microsoft and PlayStation want your money, they don’t care who you support, at the end of the day your money and sales is what matters. You guys care too much for brands that don’t even know who you are, so maybe catch a wake up and actually read what people write instead of attacking them. This article is pretty much neutral you can see this guy is not taking sides he is just telling it like it is.

    • gamerguy

      This guy is a fucking idiot, as was proven last night! And yet again, gamerguy is spot on!

  • Justin

    Sony will have DRM. They’ve already stated that the issue will be left up to the publishers, just like Microsoft. The difference is, they have denied any sort of internet requirement and have expressed a desire to actually sale their console in regions without robust internet. Whereas Microsoft has literally told you to fuck off if you don’t have broadband.

    The only question is, then, what form their DRM will take.

    • Phillip

      Wow, how uninformed you are… They said if the publishers want to enforce an online registration they can (AKA online passes which are on the Ps3). Since Sony doesn’t require online the online registration will have 0 effect on used games

      • Justin

        They’ve said no such thing. All that has come out from Sony is that it will be left up to the publishers. That’s it. If I’m wrong, feel free to link me to your evidence.

        • Phillip

          Still need that link? because it is EVERYWHERE on the internet now. Loud and clear

  • redavutstuvader

    Can some one please explain how Sony will have DRM if you don’t need an internet connection. SOUNDS LIKE SONY CAN DO NO WRONG TO ME.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      You could have on disc restrictions, like what Capcom did with RE: Revelations on 3DS, if I remember correctly, only allowing save data on one system.

      • redavutstuvader

        3ds is cartrige based,it has a two way conversation path with it’s hardware, without internet this would not work on a disk ,because the only way the hardware would be able to converse with the disk is if info could be burned to the disk. and this will not be so.

  • redavutstuvader

    i can see the headlines
    SONY , THE COWARD IN THE CORNER

  • Scary69l

    The same way it does not make sense for MS to charge to play online while Sony does not.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      Fair point. If Sony keep their current model, it seems they have next gen advantage.

    • redavutstuvader

      if you think ps4 is going to not have you pay for online, you might be dreaming. they will need to pay for Gaikai streaming bandwidth some how. the reason why they are trying to get you to switch on ps3 by giving awy games is to get you interested on ps4, I could be wrong. but for publishers to implement drm you will need internet, period.

    • Dsty2001

      I have no problems paying for Xbox Live. I have never once had an issue with the service

      • Dsty2001

        And if $60 a year is to expensive for somebody, they might need another hobby besides gaming.

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  • Dsty2001

    I really don’t see why everybody is getting their panties in a wad. PC Gaming has been this restricted for several years.

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