198w ago - 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."
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Well you see the preowned game market is extremely lucrative within the industry, earning them a substantial amount of money over time so I mean there's nothing wrong with second hand games. I personally can't afford to buy brand new games twice a month like others do, specially after the latest rush of titles so for those who would rather opt to wait a few months before purchasing this move is a huge deterrent.
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.