Rumor: Sony Planning to Use Serial Codes on Future PS3 Game Releases

February 7, 2011 -

Dutch website PS3-Sense claims that "a reliable source" has told them that all future PS3 game discs will contain a unique serial code that players will have to input into the system prior to launch. The source also claims that a similar system already exists on Sony’s PlayStation Network. The code will also make it so that a game can only be used on five different systems. This would serve as a way to keep a game from being resold more than five times, the Dutch site posits.

Naturally, Sony is not commenting on this story. PC gamers are very familiar with serial codes. They are now second nature to anyone that has bought a PC game in the last ten years. They have also proven to be ineffective in doing anything other than inconveniencing gamers.

Still, this is just another rumor about what methods Sony is using to combat the leak of the system's root key. Another recent rumor was that Sony had enabled some sort of backdoor method to execute code on systems that were jail broken. That rumor has yet to be proven true. We will keep our eyes peeled for expert testimony from the hacking community or official word from Sony confirming that these rumors are true. The latter is unlikely.

Source: Next-Gen


Comments

Re: Rumor: Sony Planning to Use Serial Codes on Future PS3 ...

as if it's not enough that they phased out support of the older systems, removed advertised functionality and continue to be all around douchebags, they decide to top it off with requiring CD keys and install limits...  i just dont know what to say anymore.

Re: Rumor: Sony Planning to Use Serial Codes on Future PS3 ...

Sony's way of handling business has already resulted in me prefering 360 titles where there is an option. If they really want to go this route they will loose my business entirely.

Re: Rumor: Sony Planning to Use Serial Codes on Future PS3 ...

This isn't the first time I've seen this stated but I think Sony would be very stupid to actually do it. Who want a console that requires a key code with every game?

Re: Rumor: Sony Planning to Use Serial Codes on Future PS3 ...

Interesting, I just wrote a post about console protection on my blog on how I thought it was dumb that Console push retarded DRM on their machines to try and combat online cheating, rather than just using a serial code system similar to PC games.  Valve seems to do a pretty amazing job even while they have openly stated they do not focus on DRM.

I'd like to see consoles go more the route of PCs..  but given what that might mean it could kill off the used game sales pretty harshly.  PC used games don't sell worth beans anymore mostly because of the online element and being required to register the serial with the manufacturer. 

Re: Rumor: Sony Planning to Use Serial Codes on Future PS3 ...

Ya serial codes, i don't care about... already have to deal with on computers and its only one extra minute out of my life... but limited installs is inexcusable and utterly pointless. Gamers should be allowed unlimited installs. So what exactly does limited installs have to do with combating the leak? Ya we know the REAL reason for limited installs...

Re: Rumor: Sony Planning to Use Serial Codes on Future PS3 ...

My big issue with serial codes is often I loose the original packaging, meaning that if I want to install the game years later (which I do occasionally for a craving) I may or may not have the number around.  So I end up being unable to play something I own, which pisses me off.

Re: Rumor: Sony Planning to Use Serial Codes on Future PS3 ...

And yet that won't stop them from finding more and creative ways of pissing gamers off.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Should 'Hatred' have been removed from Steam Greenlight?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
PHX Corp@Adam802 We'll break out the popcorn in June12/19/2014 - 9:23pm
ZippyDSMleeMaskedPixelante: I'm itching to start it too but I will wait till the patch goes live. >>12/19/2014 - 7:52pm
Adam802Leland Yee and Jackson get trial date: http://sfbay.ca/2014/12/18/leland-yee-keith-jackson-get-trial-date/12/19/2014 - 5:24pm
MaskedPixelanteNevermind. Turns out when they said "the patch is now live", they meant "it's still in beta".12/19/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelanteSo I bought Dark Souls PC, and it's forcing me to log into GFWL. Did I miss something?12/19/2014 - 5:00pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/12/republicans-may-have-plan-to-save-internet-providers-from-utility-rules/ this is intreasting. congress may put net nutrality in to law to avoid title 2 classification12/19/2014 - 2:45pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2014/12/19/7421953/bullshit-cards-against-humanity-donated-250k-sunlight-foundation I have to admit I like the choice o organization. congrats to CAH.12/19/2014 - 1:51pm
E. Zachary KnightIf you are downloading a copy in order to bypass the DRM, then you are legally in the wrong. Ethically, if you bought the game, it doesn't matter where you download it in the future.12/19/2014 - 12:06pm
InfophileEZK: Certainly better that way, though not foolproof. Makes me think though: does it count as piracy if you download a game you already paid for, just not from the place you paid for it at? Ethically, I'd say no, but legally, probably yes.12/19/2014 - 11:20am
ZippyDSMleeAnd I still spent 200$ in the last month on steam/GOG stuff sales get me nearly every time ><12/19/2014 - 10:55am
ZippyDSMleeMaskedPixelante:And this is why I'm a one legged bandit.12/19/2014 - 10:51am
ZippyDSMleeE. Zachary Knight: I buy what I can as long as I can get cracks for it...then again it I could have gotton Lords of the Fallen for 30 with DLC I would have ><12/19/2014 - 10:50am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/12/19/marvel-vs-capcom-origins-leaving-online-storefronts-soon/ Speaking of "last chance to buy", Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is getting delisted from all major storefronts. Behold the wonders of the all digital future.12/19/2014 - 9:59am
MaskedPixelanteSeriously, the so-called "Last Chance" sale was up to 80% off, while this one time only return sale goes for a flat 85% off with a 90% off upgrade if you buy the whole catalogue.12/19/2014 - 9:37am
E. Zachary KnightInfophile, Tha is why I buy only DRM-free games.12/19/2014 - 9:37am
MaskedPixelanteNordic is back on GOG for one weekend only. And at 85% off no less, which is kind of a slap in the face to people who paid more during the "NORDIC IS LEAVING FOREVER BUY NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE" sale, but whatever...12/19/2014 - 9:28am
InfophileRe PHX's link: This is one of the reasons the digital revolution isn't all it's cracked up to be. There's also the flip side where Sony can block access to games you've bought if they ban your account for unrelated reasons. All power is theirs.12/19/2014 - 8:52am
MaskedPixelantehttp://uplay.ubi.com/#!/en-US/events/uplay-15-days You can win FREE GAMES FOR A YEAR! Unfortunately, they're Ubisoft games.12/18/2014 - 6:29pm
Papa MidnightAh, so it was downtime. I've been seeing post appear in my RSS feed, but I was unable to access GamePolitics today across several ISPs.12/18/2014 - 6:06pm
james_fudgeSorry for the downtime today, folks.12/18/2014 - 5:54pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician