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.