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Users will soon only be able to share newly purchased content between two consoles

Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) gave gamers good news in August, trimming $50 off the price of its PlayStation 3 console.  That price cut propelled the console to its highest quarterly sales since its 2006 launch, but also propelled the company's consumer electronics division to a net loss.

Now Sony has more news for current and prospective PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Pocket (PSP) customers, and this time it's not so good.  

For all games purchased on the PlayStation Network (PSN) after Nov. 18, users will only be able to access their content from a maximum of two consoles.  The move is ostensibly designed to cut down on illicit content sharing in group atmospheres like college campuses.  While most users don't have more than two consoles, we'd imagine this would affect a handful of customers, e.g. people with two consoles at home and a third console at a vacation home.

Existing content can be shared between more devices.

Sony describes the process of registering your device, writing in the PSN blog:

PlayStation Network users are able to change the activation setting through each device, and Sony Computer Entertainment plans to provide a new PlayStation Network account management website where users will be able to deactivate particular devices attached to their PlayStation Network account via their PC.

For more details on how to activate/deactivate the devices, please read this guide or contact consumer services.

Playstation Network Store
[Source: theBitFix]

After attacks compromised 77 million PSN users' personal information, including 12 million credit cards, Sony offered freebies to try to convince customers to give the re-secured PSN a second shot.  Those freebies for new customers are currently beginning to be phased out as Sony leaves the memory of these April-May hacks behind it.

Source: PSN



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Sensationalist article title
By Aaron M on 11/4/2011 6:47:53 PM , Rating: 4
Sony's primary reasoning for allowing 5 console activations, was to provide users with backup activations, should their consoles fail. Being able to share games with others, at the risk of exhausting your activations, was a side effect that people exploited.

Sony is now replacing that model with a superior method which allows users to deactivate consoles, online, even if the console is broken or inaccessible. So you're not SOL if you somehow happen to break 5 different consoles, or break you're only console, while your other 4 gamesharing buddies refuse to deactivate theirs.

Seems like it's a good deal, all around, unless you're a pirate. Not sure why the article states it as bad news.




RE: Sensationalist article title
By Farfignewton on 11/4/2011 7:51:29 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Sony is now replacing that model with a superior method which allows users to deactivate consoles, online, even if the console is broken or inaccessible.


Where did you see this? My original PS3 just died and cannot be repaired, so it's of some interest. Hell, I'd be thrilled just to get my freakin saved games off the thing.

On a different note, does anyone understand why movie rentals are limited to one console? And did anyone else discover this after paying for a movie, downloading it, and then being told you weren't allowed to watch it on that machine? That kinda ticked me off.


RE: Sensationalist article title
By Aaron M on 11/4/2011 8:11:28 PM , Rating: 3
It's actually stated right in Jason's article.

quote:
PlayStation Network users are able to change the activation setting through each device, and Sony Computer Entertainment plans to provide a new PlayStation Network account management website where users will be able to deactivate particular devices attached to their PlayStation Network account via their PC. For more details on how to activate/deactivate the devices, please read this guide or contact consumer services.


As for retrieving your saves, you're out of luck, if your console is toast. There is an option to upload saves, including protected saves, to Sony's servers, if you subscribe to PSN+. However, from your post, I'm assuming you're not a PSN+ subscriber.


By Farfignewton on 11/4/2011 8:25:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's actually stated right in Jason's article.


Doh! My bad. Don't know how I missed that.


RE: Sensationalist article title
By Wolfpup on 11/5/2011 3:00:53 AM , Rating: 2
Good point...obviously it's a very real issue, having a piece of hardware die on you to the point where you can't deactivate it. If you can with the new system, then it's better than the old one, and I suppose even better than Microsoft's current system.


If you have more than 2 console
By werfu on 11/4/2011 3:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
I guest if you have more than 2 console you have more cash to waste than most of the people.




RE: If you have more than 2 console
By Flunk on 11/4/2011 3:49:23 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly, but you can just switch the console you have set in your profile to use your content on it. This is actually less restrictive than Microsoft's restriction to one Xbox or logged in via the purchasing Gamertag.


RE: If you have more than 2 console
By Alexvrb on 11/6/2011 8:34:07 PM , Rating: 2
Say what? Why the heck wouldn't I want to be logged in to my gamertag? I can access ANY of my content on ANY Xbox as long as I'm logged in and connected to XBL. I can even redownload previously purchased content as many times as I want, on as many 360s as I care to. Soon you won't even need a USB stick (or Account Recovery) to access your gamertag on a friend's console.

I do wish XBL Gold was a bit cheaper, but I get the 12 month cards on sale so its not too bad. You get what you pay for, I play with my brother online a lot and its just about flawless. We might as well be on a LAN.


By borismkv on 11/4/2011 3:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
So how will this affect the game rental businesses?
By Natch on 11/4/2011 3:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not really that familiar with gaming, but it seems it would be a deadly ruling for the game rental businesses, if they can only rent a title twice, then scrap it.

And if Sony finds a work-around for them, how long before someone (i.e.-hackers) figures it out too?




By Chapbass on 11/4/2011 3:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
This is only for PSN purchases (unless I read it wrong or missed something), and therefore only on games downloaded from Sony's online store (PSN Store).

Games that people rent (box copies/bluray copies) don't appear to have this restriction.

Still, slippery slope possibly.


By corduroygt on 11/4/2011 3:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
You don't rent PSN games


I can't wait for the movie...
By chagrinnin on 11/4/2011 4:24:42 PM , Rating: 5
"Too Big To Learn"




PS3 + PSP + Vita?
By Solice55 on 11/4/2011 5:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
I have a PSP and a PS3, so I guess this sits well with me until I get a Vita. I'd rather play my PS1 Classics on my PSP over the Vita because of battery life and cheaper storage concerns.

I'm hoping that by "consoles," they classify handhelds separately so I don't have to continuously juggle.




RE: PS3 + PSP + Vita?
By caqde on 11/4/2011 6:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry this license is for two PSP's AND two PS3's the only thing thing to wonder about is if the PSP will be classified as a PSP or under a new PSVita category when it is released.

So basically for licensing purposes you have another PS3 and PSP you can buy and use with what you bought off the PSN.


Registering + Login
By Aikouka on 11/4/2011 3:55:05 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just use the same idea of allowing people to register two consoles under their PSN ID, but also making it so logging in with the same PSN ID would allow the user to access the data on any console. This is essentially two static software licenses and one floating license.

Microsoft does a similar thing with the XBOX, but the static license is on a per-item basis (it's set to the ID of the machine when you purchase the XBLA content), and you only get one "static license." As a note, Apple takes a similar approach with iTunes, but Apple allows 5 i-devices per iTunes account.




come on
By cubby1223 on 11/4/2011 5:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
"we'd imagine this would affect a handful of customers, e.g. people with two consoles at home and a third console at a vacation home."

now you're just seeking out things to blame Sony for, just for the sake of seeking out things to blame Sony for.

Move on.

Please.




3 Consoles...I know that kid..
By espaghetti on 11/4/2011 6:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
One at Mom's house.
One at Dad's house.
One at Grandpa's house.
I will hear it soon "Awe Mom, I can't play all my games over there"....boo hoo boo hoo
P.S. That ain't my kid




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