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Rumor: Sony to Combat PS3 Piracy with Blu-ray Disc Serial Keys


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183w ago - Previously we reported on a PSN ban rumor which was followed by speculation on preventing bans, and today Dutch site PS3-Sense (linked above) claims that according to [Register or Login to view links] Sony plans to combat PS3 piracy with Blu-ray disc serial keys.

Similar to what's been done with PC games in the past, when you buy a PS3 or PSN game you'll get a serial key with it which you can use up to 5 times.

This gives Sony a signal that you are authorized to play the game and that you have a legal copy of the game, and the serial key only works with the same Blu-ray disc with the same serial number.

To quote, roughly translated: "From a very reliable source (SKFU) we have heard a striking new feature of the PS3. The feature would be present even at the PlayStation Network but is currently still hidden.

It is a serial system which Sony will soon start working on. Since the root keys are on the street you can see every homebrew tool (including backup management) make it sound like it was made by Sony. This makes it so hard for Sony to detect and block gamers with backup managers.

The idea is that soon every Blu-ray disc, with a unique number, comes with a serial key. These serial keys then work only with the Blu-ray disc with a matching number.

Therefore, if you have bought a game and put it into your PS3 you will enable it using your serial key, and thus a signal to Sony indicates that you are authorized to play the game on your PlayStation 3.

Reportedly, any serial key may be used only five times, as many PlayStation Store downloads. Given the implementation, according to our source has already been done in the PlayStation Network, and three unknown input fields on the PlayStation Network indicates the probability that this system will be introduced is enormous."



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Realee's Avatar
#104 - Realee - 182w ago
Fine by me, "Pay for online, pirate that shit for offline". I'm no hypocrite, I pirate crap from the net all the time, but I pay for the ones that prove useful.
I'd be down with this as well. Currently I own all my games, but there's a store willing to loan me a copy for $5 a night - I'm sure once the CFW is stable across the board (Including Payload) I'll borrow one or two. I'd like to say I'll buy them after but I just don't know.

Right now I'm enjoying the emulator more than the PS3 games!

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#103 - juicebox9 - 182w ago
Fine by me, "Pay for online, pirate that shit for offline". I'm no hypocrite, I pirate crap from the net all the time, but I pay for the ones that prove useful.

cazador64's Avatar
#102 - cazador64 - 183w ago
if this is true, i wonder what will happen to game rentals.
Not only game rentals, but what about companies like Gamestop?

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#101 - spy4561 - 183w ago
From sony or ms point of view rental=piracy because your money don't go into their pockets.
That's really stupid way of thinking because the place where you rent from bought the game... So they are getting some of the money.

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#100 - doorman - 183w ago
I expected this... it's already been tested with the recent Madden games.

You can play single player/offline with the backup but to be able to access any online functionality you need to put a serial number in.

Whoever says that the serial is going to be disc specific is full of it. Those rumors used to go around about PC games every few years and it was always BS. We'll see a movement to 100% DLC before we see disc specific serial numbers.

Yeah the WWE game is like that too but that's because they are shifting to screw the used game market. They don't want people buying used games so they limit them with serials. The WWE game specifically references that if you bought it used, you can either do a 7 day trial or pay for the online functionality.

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