Controversy swirled in the next-gen race, but never more quickly than around the implementation of used-game-blocking DRM restrictions. Sony confirmed their standing at their E3 2013 press conference, and Microsoft’s own Don Mattrick later clarified the Xbox One’s no-DRM policy. However, only now has Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House confirmed that blocking used games was never their intent.
As Polygon reports, House commented on the importance of next-gen policies, saying that, “Dating from about our February event, there had been questions about what our online policy would be.” Continuing on, the CEO explained that “they were slightly perplexed, because we had no intention of changing from a model that I think has served us really well for several platform live-cycles.
“We didn’t feel any sense that we needed to respond to any external pressure,” he confirmed. However, House is also keenly aware of the “very careful balance” found in the games industry. “We’re a game publisher ourselves,” he said, “so there’s a certain argument for us that there should be something of a model for content-creators to participate in second sales.”
Ending his statement, House confirmed that he believes “the consumers sees ownership as a very key benefit when purchasing a physical product,” which proved to be a key reason for emphasizing consumer freedom on the PlayStation 4.