Does Sony Have Something Up Their Sleeve to Combat Piracy?


According to ps3-sense.nl, they have a reliable source stating that Sony will soon enable keys that will pair a game with a PSN Account. After that, like any PSN game, you can activate that game up to 4 more times (or at least that is how I’m understanding google translate). I’m not sure how reliable this info is, but there are many things to think about.

1. Not everyone has online service. (is online service required?)
2. Will this actually prevent piracy?
3. What sort of rental, buying used backlash should we expect?

What are your thoughts on this matter?


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Oly on January 19th, 2011 [ 132130 Points ]

    It would have to be online only Eddie…
    I mentioned something like this a week or so age..
    We know that they can tell who uses a “Brand New” game because of their posts regarding the PlayStation Rewards. Each BluRay is encoded with its own unique code. So what u are reporting here is definitely a possibility.

    A problem would come from buying used games and such. Although, EA has recently started the, buy a used game, and u have to buy a $15 dl from the PSN to be able to play that game online. They could do something like that with all games, if the code has been used 5 times, you must now pay $5 or whatever to reactivate it.

  2. #2 by hobbes on January 19th, 2011 [ 30476 Points ]

    they’ll need to do 1 thing better… allow you to control the deactivation of things, which it sucks at doing right now.. as long as I can deactivate things, this will work.

  3. #3 by Tosh Hatch on January 19th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    hobbes: they’ll need to do 1 thing better… allow you to control the deactivation of things, which it sucks at doing right now.. as long as I can deactivate things, this will work.  

    Agreed, you need to be able to de-activate not only games but consoles as well.

  4. #4 by Oly on January 19th, 2011 [ 132130 Points ]

    Tosh Hatch:

    Agreed, you need to be able to de-activate not only games but consoles as well.  

    ^

    Big big deal to me.. Def need to fix it!!
    Also need to unlock all games! at least for the same user ID!

  5. #5 by Tosh Hatch on January 19th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    Ya locking game saves to a PSN ID is a must too. Should have been that way since the start.

  6. #6 by Kane112 on January 19th, 2011 [ 34177 Points ]

    yep yep. Tho its all coming down to Big Brother watching you lol

  7. #7 by Oly on January 19th, 2011 [ 132130 Points ]

    Soo.. I was thinking.. what stops a Hacker from just sending a fake code to sony?? If there are only so many codes, what’s to also stop a hacker from using a code that hasn’t been bought yet via code maker program.. and then screw the person that buys the new game before anyone has even used the code.

    This sounds like a viable option for Sony, but I think there would be a lot of problems..?

  8. #8 by anarchymarie on January 19th, 2011 [ 390 Points ]

    and people were wondering why i was upset by ps3 piracy. for every person that wants to legitimately make nifty homebrew things, there’s easily 50 who just want free games.

  9. #9 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on January 19th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    hmmm???? idk what to say.

  10. #10 by shadowcrazy on January 19th, 2011 [ 325 Points ]

    as long as it stops pirates and leaves us homebrew users alone…im all for it

    but this seems like its going to cause issues as with used games and other things like that

  11. #11 by L/L on January 20th, 2011 [ 4782 Points ]

    This solution would actually give people more reasons to go offline completely and pirate games. The choice would be; inconvenient restrictions or a completely open system with which you can do as you please.
    Any security on the games will simply be removed. How? Through necessity. That’s how everything else has been accomplished up until this point.

  12. #12 by Emrah on January 20th, 2011 [ 7319 Points ]

    I agree with L/L.

    It is true that they will be using the unique bluray code for Playstation Rewards system to reward the first user, but if they do this, it is VERY stupid of them yet again. This is like punishing the legitimate yet again. I hope they don’t go down this route, but stupidity of corporations never cease to amaze me.

    I think this may just be the imagination of some people. People who can actually MAKE custom firmware will just stay offline and remove any possible checks. We’ll be left with limited products.

  13. #13 by Game Player on January 20th, 2011

    Sony has got to be careful. If they start putting the equivalent of DRM on their games, people will just go elsewhere.

  14. #14 by Oly on January 20th, 2011 [ 132130 Points ]

    If they limit the codes… loaning out games will be limited and renting games would stop, as would reselling.
    I very rarely rent,and never resell, however I know many who do, and I loan my games out a lot.
    Why buy a game for ps3 when u can get same one for xbox and resell/loan/rent it

  15. #15 by pedro on January 20th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Oly: If they limit the codes… loaning out games will be limited and renting games would stop, as would reselling.
    I very rarely rent,and never resell, however I know many who do, and I loan my games out a lot.
    Why buy a game for ps3 when u can get same one for xbox and resell/loan/rent it  

    Agreed,

    but i think there’s still much to be answered about how it will work. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  16. #16 by premiersoupir on January 20th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    I’d be very angry if Sony managed to kill videogame rentals. I can’t afford to buy *everything*!

  17. #17 by Eddie L. Headley on January 20th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    premiersoupir:

    I’d be very angry if Sony managed to kill videogame rentals. I can’t afford to buy *everything*!  

    ^

    you and me both brother. at the same time….I’d hate to see the system fail due to piracy. I’m torn.

  18. #18 by Jiheishou Daigakusha on February 5th, 2011

    Wouldn’t such a move be illegal because it acts in restraint of the rental and pre-owned games trades?


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