SHOCKER: DC Universe Online PS3 Works Like PC MMOs Do

If you’ve ever wondered how true DRM could be implemented on game consoles, well, wonder no more, because we have an answer.

When you buy DC Universe Online, it comes with an activation key that gives you one month of play, not unlike EA ‘s and THQ’s online passes, except you can only get this key with a new copy of the game, and you must have a key to play it, and once you use the key, it’s used forever. After the first month you have to pay a subscription fee every month.

What this means, therefore — and Lazy Gamer has confirmed this with Sony — is that you cannot rent, borrow, loan or sell the game after you’ve activated the key, because the disc is useless without it.

Obviously, the intent here is not to eliminate used game salves for DCUO; they just don’t folks to play it during the day and let their friends play their copy at night. This isn’t something we’ve dealt with in console games before, but it’s not a big deal, considering this is how all subscription-based MMOs work.

So, uh, yeah.

It makes one wonder, though, if Sony or some other publisher might implement something similar for a non-MMO, but it’s not like it’s any more likely to happen because of this than it would have been at any other time this generation.

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