Since the stunning presentation that Sony put on at E3 2013 as part of their annual press conference, there have been a lot of questions firing back and forth about DRM on the PlayStation 4. Whilst Sony aren’t enforcing any DRM on their console, that doesn’t mean that game publishers such as EA or Ubisoft don’t have to include DRM on their games.
In fact, the whole issue of DRM is down to them at the moment.
There’s a lot to consider when you think about this delicate situation. Now that a PlayStation Plus subscription is mandatory if you want to play online, does that mean that you’ll require one for other features of the Playstation 4?
Free to play titles on the Xbox 360 require that you pay for Xbox Live Gold, but on PlayStation 3 that’s not the case. But will that all change with these next consoles?
We already know that the F2P MMOs DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2 won’t require that you have a PS Plus subscription, but that doesn’t mean that it’s true for all F2P games. Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, confirmed to Polygon that whether or not a PlayStation Plus subscription requirement should be in place for F2P titles is up to the publishers, not Sony.
As far as free-to-play games are concerned, it’s a publisher’s decision whether they put it inside or outside of the PlayStation Plus requirements
So, whilst DRM isn’t part and parcel of the console, that doesn’t mean that we won’t see it at all on the PlayStation 4. Whether or not publishers play nice with the userbase remains to be seen.
Other free to play games, such as Blacklight: Retribution and Warframe have already been confirmed to not require a PS Plus subscription in order to play.