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Third-Party DRM Policies Controlled by Publishers, Not Mandated by Sony

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Posted on June 11, 2013 AT 03:26pm

While Sony themselves won’t be enforcing any DRM restrictions with first-party PS4 games, third-party publishers will still flex their own DRM policies, Jack Tretton told GameTrailers.

“Well, I mean, we create the platform, we’ve certainly stated that our first-party games are not going to be doing that, but we welcome publishers and their business models to our platform,” Tretton told GameTrailers. “There’s gonna be free-to-play, there’s gonna be every potential business model out there, and again, that’s up to their relationship with the consumer—what do they think is going to put them in the best fit. We’re not going to dictate that, we’re gonna give them a platform to publish on.

“The DRM decision is going to have to be answered by the third parties, it’s not something we’re going to control, or dictate, or mandate, or implement.”

Sony informed Polygon that this party does not affect disc-based trading and resale. So regardless of that disc containing a first-party game or third-party game, PS4 owners will still be able to trade the title in at retailers, sell it to other consumers, lend it, et cetera.

Sony also told Polygon that the Online Pass program employed in select PS3 first-party games will not be used for PS4.

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