Wii U Does Not Provide Publishers the Ability to Block Used Games

While Playstation 4 gamers will not have to worry about Online Passes for Sony's first-party games, it appears third party publishers are free to employ used game DRM as they see fit.

"Similar to PS3, we will not dictate the online used game strategy (the ability to play used games online) of its publishing partners," said Sony earlier today.  This means that you may have to cough up some extra dough if you want to take one of your third party PS4 games online.

Nintendo gamers, on the other hand, don't have to worry about used game restrictions at all.

In a GameTrailers interview with Geoff Keighley, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Wii U gamers don't have to worry about any of that anti-consumer crap.

"There’s nothing that we’re doing proactively from a DRM perspective to go after the used game market," says Reggie around the 7:35 mark of the interview (embedded above).  "We’re not providing the ability to block [used games] based on DRM, certain games or having to re-charge the consumer for those games.  That’s not part of our business model."

Reggie has a lot more to say on Nintendo's Wii U strategies so check out the entire interview at GameTrailers: Part 1 and Part 2.

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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