Around five years ago, Sony put a limitation on digitally distributed games. Basically, this meant that those players who bought a copy of a game through PSN were able to download it up to five times on five different systems. Soon enough, some users started abusing this flawed policy as they could easily share games with their friends. What’s quite interesting about this is that most titles were playable even if the actual purchasing profile was logged in.
Apparently, players won’t be able to do this anymore as Sony will soon change this policy to make it much stricter. In a recent blog post, Sony officially stated that there will be more limitations to avoid this type of game sharing. This new policy will start on November 18 and after that date, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable owners will be able to download and play PlayStation Network games on up to two consoles.
It should be noted that that this policy will not affect titles bought before November 18. In addition, Sony is planning to create a website where users can deactivate certain devices that are somehow attached to their accounts. The only way to deactivate devices right now is either through the device itself or by calling Sony. Finally, it should be taken into account that this policy only affects game content.
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Here’s the official post taken directly from the Official PlayStation Blog:
We’d like to inform you of some upcoming changes to the usage policies for PlayStation Network game content. As of November 18, 2011, the number of devices that can be activated on one PlayStation Network account for game content purchased from the PlayStation Store will be updated as follows:
For game content purchased after November 18, 2011, a new policy will apply and the number of devices that can be activated will be as follows:
- PS3: Users will be able to play the game on up to 2 activated PS3 systems.
- PSP: Users will be able to play the game on up to 2 activated PSP systems.
Please note that this update will not affect game content purchased before November 18. The PSP rights include PSP-1000/2000/3000 series as well as the PSPgo system.
PlayStation Network users are able to change the activation setting through each device, and Sony Computer Entertainment plans to provide a new PlayStation Network account management website where users will be able to deactivate particular devices attached to their PlayStation Network account via their PC.