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January 20, 2011 // 2:03 am - Previously we reported on a PSN ban rumor which was followed by speculation on preventing bans, and today Dutch site PS3-Sense (linked above) claims that according to SKFU Sony plans to combat PS3 piracy with Blu-ray disc serial keys.

Similar to what's been done with PC games in the past, when you buy a PS3 or PSN game you'll get a serial key with it which you can use up to 5 times.

This gives Sony a signal that you are authorized to play the game and that you have a legal copy of the game, and the serial key only works with the same Blu-ray disc with the same serial number.

To quote, roughly translated: "From a very reliable source (SKFU) we have heard a striking new feature of the PS3. The feature would be present even at the PlayStation Network but is currently still hidden.

It is a serial system which Sony will soon start working on. Since the root keys are on the street you can see every homebrew tool (including backup management) make it sound like it was made by Sony. This makes it so hard for Sony to detect and block gamers with backup managers.

The idea is that soon every Blu-ray disc, with a unique number, comes with a serial key. These serial keys then work only with the Blu-ray disc with a matching number.

Therefore, if you have bought a game and put it into your PS3 you will enable it using your serial key, and thus a signal to Sony indicates that you are authorized to play the game on your PlayStation 3.

Reportedly, any serial key may be used only five times, as many PlayStation Store downloads. Given the implementation, according to our source has already been done in the PlayStation Network, and three unknown input fields on the PlayStation Network indicates the probability that this system will be introduced is enormous."

Rumor: Sony to Combat PS3 Piracy with Blu-ray Disc Serial Keys

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#119 - HeyManHRU - September 3, 2011 // 10:29 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Soplox View Post
what bout Marvel vs Capcom 3, it have the keys??

What keys?

#118 - ps3 fan - September 3, 2011 // 5:11 am
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yes, some games do have serials, such as smackdown vs. raw 2011 has a key to play online (if i remember right) but this concept will have the key for the entire game to be used. (what I understand).

#117 - Soplox - February 2, 2011 // 4:12 pm
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what bout Marvel vs Capcom 3, it have the keys??

#116 - nipsen - January 29, 2011 // 9:07 pm
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Publishers spending the kind of money on drm that dwarfs any single development project, or even a series of titles, has happened many times before.

Knowing Sony, this is going to happen, it's going to be expensive, and we'll end up paying for it in new hidden costs and lack of services as usual.

I suppose they could just, you know, sell the serial key. And tie the serial key to any form and shape of the content of the bd disk, but.. sorry, I'm imagining Sony would try to do something imaginative for once. Summimasen..

#115 - PhuckEwe - January 29, 2011 // 2:11 am
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Quote Originally Posted by hickname View Post
From sony or ms point of view rental=piracy because your money don't go into their pockets.

Video stores buy games. Money goes in their pockets. Once a work around has been found and games aren't available to rent this will increase piracy.

#114 - ryan03rr - January 27, 2011 // 10:07 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by superste2201 View Post
Egh most of you guys are pirates judging from what your all saying. As a small time developer I hate pirates, you are all very bad people. I don't make games but it still costs me thousands of pounds from people pirating my work.

You are ruining it for everyone else, cheaters online, trophy unlocks and now pre-owned games that might not work if it has had to many previous owners.

i have never ever shoplifted, never stole something i wanted (good game movie ect.) stfu about us all being pirates... your programing must suck. cause if it was worth anything... you wouldn't have to deal with pirates. pirating = < 5% provable loss. i know... i wrote a paper for school about it.

go ahead. argue with me!! i'm not going to check it... i just needed to tell off a whiny developer.

p.s. the only reason valve got a dime from me was piracy... tried it... love it... bought it... NET LOSS = 0

#113 - hacktek - January 26, 2011 // 6:29 pm
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That crap has been implemented by all recent EA games with online play, that's their way of making you pay $10 more if you buy the game used.

They ain't taking those $10 from me

#112 - Aba - January 25, 2011 // 11:09 pm
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Deadspace 2 has Keys you need to register to enable multiplayer... Perhaps this is going to be a trend? (There also is free 48 hour)

#111 - SaveU - January 25, 2011 // 9:49 pm
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This would be great. This is an awesome alternative to being banned.

#110 - TroYIrving - January 25, 2011 // 9:03 pm
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This would KILL Gamestop's used games and all renting places like Gamefly, I don't think Sony would do such a thing, it's just... illogical.