Look at Windows XP, the FCKGW-…. # is EVERYWHERE…the Phantasy Star Online game for Dreamcast has a universal code as well. There will just be KeyGens, there isn't anything that can be done to STOP piracy, maybe slow it down, but not STOP it. If they do this.
Someone will figure out a way to hack the system to not even check for the serial #s, this will be the worst decision Sony will have made for the PS3 screwing EVERYONE over and not just pirates. Screws game companies, people w/o broadband internet, people that just want to get a game system and play games with having the benefits of a blu-ray player. Sony has already stripped out enough useful features of the PS3, why add a USELESS one….
Remember, this is SONY we are talking about... if this happens, then its just gonna screw themselves like they did with the PSPGo, Sony isn't the smartest when it comes to decisions. It's actually a miracle they are still in business with all their failures…PSPGo, Betamax, Minidisc, and all the lawsuits they've lost. But I do think this is ridiculous. It's gonna cause ALOT of problems with used game stores, but even then, serial numbers aren't going to "fix" anything.