Sony Targets Used Games, Blocks Online Play

Sony hates the entire used-games business. They, as the publishers, get not even the slightest percentage of it; everything goes to the retailer. So they decided to make their own money from this business by targeting online play, the forte of many games including SOCOM US Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3. Bought a used copy of Fireteam Bravo 3? You need to dish out $20 to play online that is the price of the unlock code for playing online. Buyers of the UMD have to register their PSP over the PlayStation Network (PSN) with this code to be able to play online.


So what prompted Sony to make this perfectly legal, yet absolutely lame and non-gamer friendly (when you do consider that most gamers are college students who need to save up money to buy games) move? In an interview with IGN, John Keller of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) says that this is an initiative to fight piracy on the PSP. Yes he just said that you, the used-game buyer, are a pirate.

Piracy continues to be an issue of concern for the PSP platform. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 is a trial run for a new initiative we are exploring for the platform.

On the reception of this initiative, Keller stated this:-

From our research, this will be received quite positively. Remember, piracy affects more than just the creators of the game.

Sure, Mr. Keller, the used game buyers will be very happy with this initiative.

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  • GothGirl Demonia

    I will not pay for a sony game, or a THQ game if they are doing this. Sony has failed over many years in the community of games. Do not expect them to get any better. Their new game which has been in development for many years called The agency had some of the Ideas stolen from Global Agenda. Everquest 2 is no longer playable character models suck, and Everquest 3 needs to come out.

    Not too many people were happy with the Station Cash store either.

    I will not be buying a PS3, or a Xbox 360 for these reasons.

  • David

    I bought a PSX on opening day in 1995
    I bought a PS2 on opening day in 2000
    I bought a PS3 on opening day in 2006
    I planned on buying the next Sony video game console as my son’s first entrance into video games hopefully within the next few years as hell just be old enough. If sony goes through with this, they will lose a faithful customer for life who has supported and been there for them since Day 1, and I will never purchase another Sony video gaming product ever again…