Sony Rumored to be Implementing PS3 Serial Codes
The hack of the PlayStation 3 has been the talk of the internet for the past couple of weeks. We’ve talked about it ourselves.
Now a Dutch website, PS3-Sense is reporting that a source is telling them that all future PS3 games will carry a unique code that gamers will have to enter for the game to launch. The code can apparently be used up to five times.
While this would (in theory) work towards preventing piracy, it would also another major impact: used game sales. If such a system were implemented, it would be nearly impossible for used game retailers to know how many times a code had been used for a specific game. This could lead to used purchasers having to buy a new serial key from Sony. It would be the equivalent of EA’s Online Pass, except for every game on the system.
Now, we’re just speculating here, and the serial key thing is far from confirmed. Still, it’s like serial keys have prevented piracy on the PC at all. If the success of a system like this is anything like the one on PC, it’ll only be a hindrance to legitimate gamers, just like it is on the PC.