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Sony Combats PSP Piracy with Online Registration Requirements

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254w 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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#8 - Pretikewl - 254w ago
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I really don't see this doing anything to combat piracy. If anything, Sony will just lose money off the sale of this game and any others that use this "anti-piracy" measure.

#7 - Kraken - 254w ago
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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.

#6 - Poopsqueege - 254w ago
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I doubt this will really help stop psp piracy. This will only work on a few games and it will only hurt Sony in the long term.

#5 - skrapps - 254w ago
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This is gonna do 2 things.. Discourage people from buying a psp, and the other, sony loses a lot of money because of it.

#4 - shummyr - 254w ago
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why should i have to buy the game twice this is just stupid, the code should just come with the game new or used.


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