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Did Sony confirm DRM on PS4 after all? Not quite!

[Update: Sony has outright confirmed my initial interpretation. As reported by GameFront, Sony has stated that Tretton's use of the term "DRM" referred only to playing used games online. Essentially, they're talking about letting publishers...   read

 
 
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Sony details EXACTLY how to share games on PS4

Riding high off its announcement that the PlayStation 4 will have no DRM, no anti-used game policy, and will support game ownership, Sony has released a video detailing its incredibly deep and nuanced system for sharing physical copies of ...   read

 
 
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PS4 supports used games

PlayStation 4 won't restrict used games or use DRM

Sony confirmed that they won't be putting any restrictions on used games. They stated that they believe people have the right to do what they want with the games they buy. Gamers will be able to sell, trade, lend, and rent video games as mu...   read

 
 
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Fans on Xbox One policy

Xbox One kills game ownership, here's what Xbox fans say

Microsoft finally clarified much of its policy on used games and online restrictions with the Xbox One, and the news is grim for those who actually believe in consumer rights. With its new system, Microsoft will take the final step in strip...   read

 
 
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Xbox One answers

Xbox One games require online verification every 24 hours

Spread across multiple blog posts, Microsoft has finally clarified some of its policies regarding online connection requirements and trading in used games. Describing the system as being "designed from the ground up to be ready and connecte...   read

 
 
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eBay Germany <3 Wii U

eBay Germany supports Wii U's lack of restrictions

Whoever manages eBay Germany's Facebook page must be a huge Nintendo fan -- or at least is a master at capitalizing on current gamer worries and frustrations. It's apparent that Xbox One is charting a dark path, and the jury's still out on ...   read

 
 
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Jimquisition: When The Starscreams Kill Used Games

The Xbox One will kill used games and control second-hand sales, and some people think that's great. Jim Sterling is not among them. While members of the gaming media attempt to see the positive side of murdering the used game market and s...   read

 
 
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Gamers make it clear to Sony they want a DRM-free PS4

While Microsoft continues to flop around following the revelation of its Xbox One user restrictions, gamers have sensed an opportunity to suggest Sony steal some free PR points, campaigning for a DRM-free PlayStation 4.  Sources have s...   read

 
 
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Former EA CEO: Gamers will learn to love always-on DRM

Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitello has responded to the outcry of gamers worried about an always-online future. The recently resigned executive believes that, given time, we will all march in step with the industry and embrace the D...   read

 
 
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Xbox One

Microsoft: Xbox One will need to go online eventually

With all of the talk of always-online requirements and the like leading up to today's event, this is the story I've been waiting to hit all day. Speaking to Kotaku about the newly-announced Xbox One, Microsoft Studios corporate VP Phil Harr...   read

 
 
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Sony 'didn't consider' always-online PS4 restrictions

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida claims the topic of a PlayStation 4 locked down by always-on DRM restrictions never came up. While rumors of such things surround talk of the Next Xbox, Yoshida's sure to put some minds at res...   read

 
 
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Game Dev Tycoon turns piracy back on the pirates

Game Dev Tycoon has implemented an interesting little method for combating piracy. Anybody who runs a cracked version of the game will, in turn, have their virtual product pirated so they can see what it feels like. Well played, Greenheart ...   read

 
 
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Next Xbox Achievements

Rumor: Next Xbox DRM is up to the individual publisher

Following yesterday's talk of price points and a potential November launch for the next Xbox, Polygon has compiled the latest it's heard about the console. Sources say that yes, there will be an always-online requirement present -- but Micr...   read

 
 
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Rhymedown Spectacular: Quoth The Gamer

Your ol' pals Jim and Yahtzee are back with some more poetic justice. This week, your ears can be teased with the tale of Always John and Fear's Farewell. They are poems, you see. About videogames.  Enjoy!   read

 
 
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Jim & Yahtzee's Rhymedown Spectacular!

A few months back, I was chatting with Susan Arendt over at The Escapist about doing some sort of videogame poetry. It was a very vulgar idea. Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation was also mulling over a poetry-themed product. His was not...   read

 
 
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Ready for always-on?

Ubisoft thinks audience is ready for always-on consoles

Despite the massive outrage sparked by ex-Microsoft employee Adam Orth and his suggestions we'll have to "deal" with an always-online console, Ubisoft thinks the game buying public will be just fine with it. Responding to questions regardin...   read

 
 
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Jimquisition: Why An Always-On DRM Console Is Dumb

Just talking about an "always-on" Xbox is a really dumb idea. Hopefully not even Microsoft would be so stupid, but just in case any of the platform holders are seriously considering this awful, nasty little idea, let Jimquis...   read

 
 
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Microsoft apologizes for 'Deal With It' statements

Following an earlier controversy of stunning proportions, Microsoft has issued an official statement concerning employee Adam Orth's public sentiment that always-on DRM haters need to just "Deal with it." The company apologized for his comm...   read

 
 
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Next Xbox always online?

Microsoft man on always-online consoles: 'Deal with it'

[Update: Microsoft has since apologized for Orth's statements. Deal with it.] Rumors that the Next Xbox will be restricted by the same always-online requirement that has crippled several major PC releases of late has not exactly been met wi...   read

 
 
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Jimquisition: Bullshit In Sheep's Clothing

Join Jim as he celebrates the 100th episode of Jimquisition ... and complains about EA. Again. Companies (mostly EA) have started to learn they can get away with pulling their familiar stunts by giving them a new coat of paint. We make jok...   read

 
 
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EA: DRM a failed strategy

EA: DRM is a failed, dead-end strategy

Electronic Arts may have been one of the last big wielders of SecuROM, and SimCity's online woes reek of it, but EA Labels president Frank Gibeau claims to hate DRM. According to him, such anti-piracy measures have failed, and thus had no i...   read

 
 
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Meat Boy dev on DRM

Super Meat Boy dev says DRM is more dangerous than piracy

Tommy Refenes has shown no problem speaking his mind in the past. With the SimCity situation fresh on everyone's minds, he seemed eager to share his opinion once again. Refenes wrote a well thought-out post on his personal blog compari...   read

 
 
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SimCity

Subset offline mode didn't fit Maxis' vision for SimCity

After a rather eventful day of people tinkering with SimCity in order to play offline, Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw has written a "straight answers" blog post addressing the game's always-on design. Those hoping for a candid response...   read

 
 
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SimCity can be played offline, according to anyone but EA

There is mounting evidence that, despite EA Maxis' claims to the contrary, SimCity is wholly capable of being played offline -- a capability that would have saved buyers a week of hassle and tons of creativity now lost to server issues. Let...   read

 
 
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Jimquisition: SimShitty

DRM is back again, and it's here to stay! Games are a service, so we're told, but who do they really serve? SimCity's failure to launch thanks to ludicrous DRM restrictions has been the hot topic of the week, and naturally there's a J...   read

 
 
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