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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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#39 - RevCube - January 20, 2011 // 7:24 am
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LOL you're are not fooling anyone, if you think sony is online reading your little BS post as if they would sympathize with you and not ban you, you are a pirate just like everyone else is. otherwise you would not be here.

and why all of a sudden its full of pirates, when the psp was hacked this site posted news about that, the ds as well, who are you foolin? now all of a sudden its full of pirates lmao, parlay matey parlay.

#38 - lothsun - January 20, 2011 // 7:17 am
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Wouldn't this make renting games impossible? This would drop video stores game renting to none for the PS3. If this was introduced, it would make people have to buy the games before they could decide if they like them. I, myself, rent games before I buy them. I know many more people who also do this.

#37 - superste2201 - January 20, 2011 // 7:16 am
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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.

#36 - blackdoor - January 20, 2011 // 7:08 am
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i like the serial-thing but the 5-times-only is a no go and it should only limited to 1 person at a time with the same serial! so we still could buy and sell used games and it would still fight multiplayer "piracy"...

#35 - anulu82 - January 20, 2011 // 6:45 am
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and what about those peoples who lives in a country where no PSN available? i'm living in Hungary, and when i've tried to activate the NFS: HP i had to create a UK account. when i try to buy something from PSN then i cannot do it, 'cause the country is not matching with my credit card / address. so i can buy anything when i buy a PSN card.

so this, what you wrote means for me: you're not living in a PSN ready country? then you will not play online.

#34 - RevCube - January 20, 2011 // 6:35 am
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Keygens are nice but on pc they never got you online you always needed a LEGIT key, anyway if i was SONY all i would do is make PSN PAY TO PLAY. Like the old coin Ops in a way. I would make the user link a credit card with the psn account and charge a quarter or something for every online gaming session, remember those days of insert coins to continue?

Can you imagine after every round of black ops you'll have to pay another 25 cents? that would be so cool since everyone is *itchin about the real reason is to play old school games/emulators, fine then insert coin *itches haha.

#33 - pspee - January 20, 2011 // 6:32 am
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Well I hope they make it a living nightmare for anyone trying to go online with a pirated/hacked game.

Basically Sony would probably make it so you can play offline with no type of online registration or any keys.

BUT, one you try and go online, they could make you punch in a key and download some type of integrity app that runs in the background.

Essentially they need to make a system that is almost transparent to the typical end user but a huge pain for people looking to ruin online gaming by cheating.

#32 - Brenza - January 20, 2011 // 6:28 am
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So we just have to create a keygenerator...

It's really a stupid thing trying this way.

#31 - Pretikewl - January 20, 2011 // 6:18 am
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I know Sony has done some stupid things, but this would really take the cake.

They'd be combatting the entire game rental and used game industry like this. Not to mention screwing over every single person who doesn't go online with their PS3.

I'm not sure if a law suit would come, but in this day and age, I wouldn't doubt we'd see some kind of class action suit over it.

There's reasonable, then there's just idiotic.

#30 - BigWheel - January 20, 2011 // 5:28 am
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nice step from sony.

but its okay, if people wanna play a game online, they should buy it. piracy is bad enough. if those people have the same options like a person who buy the game, the world would get sad.

i for myself, accept it, because every game i wanna play online, i buy at the store, because game who are worth to pla online, are worth the money.
That are my exact thoughts on the issue too. I use the hombrew stuff to bring back memories and use the emulators form back in my childhood days hahahahaha, but i agree we should have an option to copy games to hd and use it on 2 consoles in the household... we should not have to buy 2 copies.

If you want to play on line do it legally... what you do offline with the system... should be your choice...