Originally Posted by vinnie97
That's all it is, a theory. Sony has been VERY litigious in the past when it comes to IP, so I treat any theory that lets them off the hook with great suspicion.
The guy who started the nodrm twitter campain was leaked that Sony was considering similar DRM to Microsoft's. Sony had also been steadily leaking documents to also support this since before the reveal. (Even though in February right after the reveal Yoshida confirmed that the DRM wasn't changing from how it worked on PS3)
After the Xbox One reveal the rumors swelled up again for Sony, who remained silent on it. FamousMortimer received the leak and began a campain that went viral. Then E3 happened. In what was a carefully planned presentation Sony played up to what people wanted by changing nothing, FamousMortimer's username made the presentation as a nod to his efforts, the no new restrictions speech caused an applause not seen at E3 since Twilight Princess was revealed. The game sharing video went viral, it was a perfect storm that has plenty of evidence to support it was all carefully planned and executed.
Microsoft who was led to believe that Sony was doing the same thing thanks to the constant leaks and patents went through with their DRM plans. Sony sat back and watched as they were roasted by the internet and let the rumor mill churn. E3 came and Microsoft held fast to their plan, coming up with ideas to try and soften the blow (like Family sharing, an idea outright rejected by publishers due to it's potential abuse and was restricted to a one hour demo) They held on because they were sure Sony would do the same...
Over the coming weeks the preorder numbers Microsoft were seeing must have been terrible, and to try and recover some momentum the great 180 was put into effect.
It is fun to speculate, but this is a side of Sony we haven't seen since the PS1 reveal, and they have been on point with everything they have done. They even managed to find a way to make the majority not care about paying to play online.