The lights are on
It's a week and a half before E3 and things are heating up in the battle for the living room. After Microsoft stumbled through its post-reveal interviews, Sony is positioned well headed into E3 in a week and a half.
Sony has answered the question of DRM and online checks, and the response should delight consumers. The funny thing is, we actually had this answer in February shortly after the PlayStation 4 reveal.
Kotaku reported yesterday on a number of things they were expecting to hear from Sony as early as E3. Their update referencing something said by Sony president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida on the issues of DRM and online checks prompted us to check our own reporting, too. Sure enough, Yoshida was definitive on the matter of online checks.
"Oh yes, yes, you can go offline totally. Social is big for us, but we understand there are some people who are anti-social! So if you don't want to connect to anyone else, you can do that."
As for the issue of used games, the comments were vague, but still hopeful. A Sony spokesperson offered us this statement,
"We are just now announcing the basic vision and strategy of PS4 and will have more information to share regarding used games later this year. But PlayStation has a long history of keeping its gamers happy and we won't make decisions that damage our relationship with them."
Certainly there is room for more clarity, but with offline gaming locked in and used game lockouts (something that would damage relationships with gamers) less likely, Sony is headed into its fiercest battle yet looking strong.