The issue here is that there is nothing to prevent the publishers from doing it. A console can easily say "no" we don't want DRM restricted games that require re-licensing. It's a back handed way of giving publishers free reign to restrict used game sales.
It maybe the same as it was all along but if MS does it to all their games on behalf of the publishers then the publishers will of course be inclined to do the same thing on other consoles. The end result is the same for both an Xbox and for a PS... You have to pay 2x every time you buy a used game. I don't care if it's hardware side or publisher side the net result is identical.
Right now publishers don't have as much incentive to do it because it's not a wide spread thing but once it's across the whole platform on Xbox then why not do it to all of their games across every platform?
The software publishers are forcing this on everyone and the console makers are allowing it to happen. Xbox is at least having the guts to tell you up front about it. Sony is just trying to make themselves not look like the bad guy, but they are just as guilty as MS for letting it happen.
It's a shell game, "Look how easy it is to share games on Sony." ...A couple days later, "Oops, we forgot to mention that you'll also have to pay this $___ fee on every used game.... It's not our fault though."
I think you're overreacting on this, Mora. And we're not powerless here. If we don't like it,we don't need to buy the games. So we miss out on some exclusives, oh well. But if it really bothers you, then talk with your wallet.
Maybe though, my perspective is kinda skewed. I've been dealing with various form of DRM since about 99? The various 25+ Character keys that we needed to put in for OS, the Shareware stuff, Steam/Origin/UPlay/Games For Windows Live Activations for computer based media. I've been gaming since at least 1982, lived through the Crash of 84, saw the rise of Nintendo, the fall of Sega, the emergence of the Playstation and Xbox, and frankly this whole DRM thing, it's Microsoft that's being backwards and not listening to their fans about.
Here's the other thing as well, according to their stats tracking on XBLive, more people use their XBox 360 for other things than gaming.
But guess what they originally bought their Boxes for? Gaming.
Microsoft has shown themselves to be out of touch with their primary install base, are bending over backwards for publishers and other services.
All Sony has to do is keep the status quo. And they did. It didn't hurt that they mentioned that the saw the twitter feeds/petition, giving people a sense that the public was listened to.