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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Sony debunks PS3 single-machine DRM

Sony debunks PS3 single-machine DRM

"There has been much speculation that your PS3 games will be linked to your console's bunk.

Last week saw many rumours about a new system that Sony has patented to link individual copies of software with hardware. So the first time you ran a game in your PS3 it would be locked to that machine and wouldn't work on any other PS3 from that point. There has been no clue from Sony that this would be used to copy protect PS3 games. To do so would be madness.

Imagine you've spent £40 on a game and you can't take it to a friend's house to show it off. He doesn't get to the see the game, so he doesn't buy it himself. Or perhaps your PS3 breaks (hey my original PS2 did) and you can't play any of your existing games on the new machine.

Yeah it was nonsense wasn't it? So I didn't run with it. No point speculating over something that stupid.

Anyway, Sony has given the official word on this whole story now. "I would like to clarify that this is false speculation and that PlayStation 3 software will not be copy protected to a single machine but will be playable on any PlayStation 3 console," said a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson.

So there you go, it was nonsense." [link]

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