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January 20, 2011 // 3:03 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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#109 - Skunkworks - January 25, 2011 // 9:52 am
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This will slow down the rental industry even more!

#108 - sikkush - January 25, 2011 // 8:48 am
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now see sony can stop pirates if they wanted to and hackers all they would have to do is come out with a System band like the xbox has and that would be the end of ever thing but all they have is account banned which is nothing. now if they don't want games being hacked or downloaded then they should have the updates for the game read off the blu-ray dics and not off the hdd make so that the game has a chip or some kind of file that cant be look at but they won't.

they are going to make it so every part of the game has to be installed of the dics so you can't copy you watch that means that its going take a lot longer to play and alot longer of waiting for just one part to install...

#107 - hacked2123 - January 25, 2011 // 7:27 am
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They should use a combination of the Playstation Eye reading a card (like they do for "Eye of Judgement") and verifying that against the PSN service, with unique keys per game and different key crypto's per game firmware.

If the game glitches it will prompt you to show the card again for verification of authenticity.

Did I mention I'm all for removing pirates from PSN?

#106 - Lance989 - January 25, 2011 // 7:04 am
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That would bring an end to game rentals witch isnt happening. Maybe for mp only but yeah bs.

#105 - WheedWhack3R - January 24, 2011 // 5:24 pm
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Won't help anyone, just be one more reason to stick with non invasive DRM. This is and always will be un-justified non legal electronic wire tapping or non legal electronic spying. That is not legal here but $ony has been doing this for a long time.

Hmmm maybe Geohot should sue based on slander and "highly illicit non authorized wire tapping or other means of digital privacy laws being broke" I won't buy any of these new games as with bioshock on computer and crysis warhead, the DRM screwed up too much!

#104 - Realee - January 24, 2011 // 4:27 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by juicebox9 View Post
Fine by me, "Pay for online, pirate that shit for offline". I'm no hypocrite, I pirate crap from the net all the time, but I pay for the ones that prove useful.

I'd be down with this as well. Currently I own all my games, but there's a store willing to loan me a copy for $5 a night - I'm sure once the CFW is stable across the board (Including Payload) I'll borrow one or two. I'd like to say I'll buy them after but I just don't know.

Right now I'm enjoying the emulator more than the PS3 games!

#103 - juicebox9 - January 24, 2011 // 12:24 pm
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Fine by me, "Pay for online, pirate that shit for offline". I'm no hypocrite, I pirate crap from the net all the time, but I pay for the ones that prove useful.

#102 - cazador64 - January 22, 2011 // 6:15 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by fantasypower999 View Post
if this is true, i wonder what will happen to game rentals.

Not only game rentals, but what about companies like Gamestop?

#101 - spy4561 - January 22, 2011 // 5:49 pm
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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.

That's really stupid way of thinking because the place where you rent from bought the game... So they are getting some of the money.

#100 - doorman - January 21, 2011 // 9:27 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by xer0 View Post
I expected this... it's already been tested with the recent Madden games.

You can play single player/offline with the backup but to be able to access any online functionality you need to put a serial number in.

Whoever says that the serial is going to be disc specific is full of it. Those rumors used to go around about PC games every few years and it was always BS. We'll see a movement to 100% DLC before we see disc specific serial numbers.

Yeah the WWE game is like that too but that's because they are shifting to screw the used game market. They don't want people buying used games so they limit them with serials. The WWE game specifically references that if you bought it used, you can either do a 7 day trial or pay for the online functionality.