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Sony Files Patent For A New PS4 DRM Using Cryptocurrency Blockchain Technology

Earlier this year cryptocurrency saw a surge in its value which resulted in GPU shortages and price hikes, however, with things going back to normal, Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent for DRM for PS4 games that uses cryptocurrency blockchain technology.

Blockchain technology can be described as the heart of the digital economy as cryptocurrency can’t exist without this tech as it provides records for every transaction which makes it secure.

Now, Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent to use the cryptocurrency blockchain technology as a form of Digital Rights Management for PlayStation 4 games.

The reason why blockchain tech can be efficient as a DRM is that it provides proof of ownership for any digital asset.

The digital asset is basically attached to an individual who has an encrypted key to access it which will make it much more secure than traditional DRM such as Denuvo. Sony even agrees that current DRMs are not reliable enough.

These conventional solutions may not be very reliable and rely on one unique point of failure. If the rights locker provider or system goes out of business or otherwise fails, the user loses all the acquired content.

However, the use of cryptocurrency blockchain technology as a DRM might not have any impact on the user-experience unless if this new DRM effects the console’s performance causing the FPS to drop.

Speaking of Sony, the company has revealed that 76 million PS4 units have been sold and shipped $9 million units for last fiscal year.

However, Sony expects the revenue to decrease this year due to fewer hardware sales but, expects the profits to increase due to so many gamers playing games and buying PSN membership.

What do you think of Sony considering to use cryptocurrency blockchain technology as a DRM for its PlayStation 4 games? Let us know in the comments.

Source: USPTO