While most users share a (at times a bit exaggerated) dislike for any use of DRM, it’s no mystery that platform holders are always on the prowl for methods to protect the intellectual rights of those that publish content on their consoles.
Apparently Sony Computer entertainment is looking into implementing a “well known DRM solution” for multimedia applications, as revealed by a career opportunity ad posted by the European arm of the company.
The primary role involves securing a well-known DRM solution to be used on PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®4 and PSVita™ for multimedia applications. You will be part of a small team composed of other software engineers based in London. You will work with this team to enhance the implementation and support integration. This is a contract role with the possibility to extend its duration.
Again, the post talks explicitly about multimedia applications, so we’re probably looking at video and/or audio here. This doesn’t mean that Sony is trying to add more DRM to PS4, PS3 or PS Vita games.
At the moment there’s no hint or information on what applications will be used between those available in the industry, and we’ll keep you posted if anything relevant will surface in the near future.
Update: our commenter Necro mentioned the possibility that the new DRM system may be related to the removal of the HDCP recording restrictions from the PS4. Considering that it’ll be possible to record the video signal generated by the console via HDMI, a DRM system to prevent recording streamed movies will probably be necessary. Of course that’s just a theory, so take it with a pinch of salt, but it does make a lot of sense.