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Sony cracks down on PSN game sharing on PSP and PS3

by Steven Williamson on 4 November 2011, 12:51

Tags: Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE)

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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced a change to its usage policy for PlayStation Network game content on PlayStation 3 and PSP, which will eliminate the ability for multiple users to game share.

Starting on November 18, 2011, PS3 and PSP users will be able to play a game on up to two activated PS3 systems, though all game content bought prior to policy start date can still be shared with up to five activated systems.

PlayStation Network users are able to change the activation setting through each device, and Sony Computer Entertainment plans to provide a new PlayStation Network account management website where users will be able to deactivate particular devices attached to their PlayStation Network account via their PC.

Though it's a move that will be unpopular among gamers, it's a real surprise that this hasn't happened sooner. Sony and third-party developers should now make more money from the sale of PSN games.

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That settles it, as soon as I can get the HDD back into the PS3, it's going.

Sony and third-party developers should now make more money from the sale of PSN games.
A sale they'll never get in the first place.

Screw you, Sony.
If I had a PS3 or PSP I'd do the same as aidanjt and sell them promptly.

Pitiful customer service.
i don't get the're pissed that you can't cheat em out of money anymore ?
you can't have a legitimate reason for wanting it on more consoles, it's just to allow others to have a game which costs very little in the first place, for free
It's more of an inconvenience than anything else, if - as the article says - you can de-authorise consoles. It'll just make it a right pain in the backside to take your game round a friend's to play of an evening, without affecting the second-hand market.
Hasn't the EU got some sort of policy on recycling ?
Wouldn't this be in contravention to that by forcing people to buy new games when recycled ones could be made available but for this impending practice by Sony ?