Sony Combats PSP Piracy with Online Registration Requirements
Sony is testing out a new anti-piracy system with the recently released title SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 for the PSP console.
Those seeking to go online with the game have to be validated via registration before doing so, therefore, pirated copies of the game will not be able to go online without the special voucher code.
To quote: "Any hopes today marks the beginning of the end of the rampant piracy seen on its PSP platform. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3, released today, is Sony's first test at discouraging pirates from downloading PSP software.
Those who purchase SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 are now required to register the title through PlayStation Network before given access to online gameplay. UMD copies of the game will come with a voucher code that must be redeemed online, while digital copies will automatically register in the background. Those who buy a used copy of the UMD can purchase a PSN entitlement voucher for $20 to play online.
We spoke recently with John Koller, director of hardware marketing at SCEA, about this new initiative to combat piracy on PSP and when we may see it appear on other titles and platforms.
For SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 on PSP, players must now register to play online if they buy a retail copy. Will this security measure be put in place for all online PSP titles going forward? And could we see this being used for online PS3 titles as well?
John Koller: SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 is the first title to introduce the new online entitlement feature. As with many programs, we're investigating future opportunities, but we have no announcements to make on it at this time."
I think moves like this are absolutely ridiculous tbh. It's sort of like game developers locking out certain content from a game without the activation code. Couldn't people just post the code online for others to use then if that's the case? Moreover if you for some reason had to change PSP's would the code work again on the new system or is it a one time deal?
This won't combat piracy in anyway millions of people could care less about online play just like on 360 there are millions who did
not get banned because all they wanna do is play the game not expand it thru online play... Sony was reel l337 on this one.
So innovative... PC games have been doing this for many years, and yet PC is still the most pirated platform. Plus its just online play, and online play on a portable system at that. If your at home with Wifi, why would you play on a 2.5'' screen vs. a big TV, and if your on the go, chances are there isn't any wifi.
Basically its just another move to get an extra $20 out of people who buy used copies while blaming pirates. Same tune, different platform.
All I see this doing is challenging the pirate community again. We all know (like with PC's) that someone will figure out a mod or plugin to redirect PSP game traffic to private PSP servers that will be tooled to not care about voucher codes.
This type of thing happened to many PC games and within a relatively short time, someone figured out how to setup private servers and remove the code checking system so anyone with an original, used, or pirated game could play together.