150w 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 SKFU 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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I don't see how can they implement the 5 times rule... unless this requires you to be connected to the internet. With the PS3 communicating with Sony servers - i.e. "Hey, i've been asked to play xxx game, here's the serial number, is it ok to continue?"
Quite a few people don't have internet connected PS3's - hows this going to affect them? A lot more people have blocked their PS3's from calling home - so they're screwed too (albeit, semi legitimately in sony eyes )
Still, it'll get released and about 5 mins later one of the supremely talented devs will break it!
It won't. And since only a percentage of PS3's in people's homes are internet-connected, there is no way Sony would do this.
Imagine the following: a consumer buys a regular, single-player PS3 game to play on their PS3 and they stick it in and it tells them they CAN'T play the game until it is connected to the Internet and/or requires the input of a verification code while online. The consumer, surprised and fuming, takes it back to the retail store, where he is told that he cannot return it because it's an opened new game, which is not eligible for refund.
The consumer (along with thousands, maybe millions of other offline PS3 users) use their computers to go on he Internet (just because they have their PCs online doesn't mean they want their systems to be) and bash Sony, boycott games, sell their PS3s, etc. etc. It would be an enormous shooting-self-in-foot affair for Sony to pull something like this, *especially* this late in the system's life. Huge mistake.
In short, this will never happen on the PS3. PS4? PS5? We'll see. (They could even add an always-on 3G/4G connection or something just for certification.) But definitely not PS3. This chick is toast. Sony will press on trying to fight the piracy through firmware updates, but games will continue to release as normal, much like they have on the Wii, where piracy is enormous.