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Sony announce new measures to combat piracy – and it’s going to cost you

Submitted by on Thursday, 18 February 20109 Comments

Team Attitude are firmly against piracy.  It hurts developers both big and small, and the effects can even be felt by the consumers.

It seems Sony is taking a stand against piracy with a new initiative – but fans of second hand games aren’t going to be happy.

If you want to purchase the PSP game SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3, you will now be asked to register the title through the PSN before you are given access to online gameplay.

UMD copies of the game will have a voucher included that will contain a code that must be redeemed online, and digital copies will automatically register in the background.

This is where we think it all gets a bit iffy.  If you are buying the game second hand you will be required to purchase the right to play online.  The current cost is $20 in addition to the price of the game – ouch.

We agree that this will help combat piracy, but what isn’t mentioned is that this will also hit the sales of second hand games hard – something many developers are keen to do.

When asked by IGN if this scheme will spill across onto the PS3, the director of hardware marketing at SCEA – John Koller – had the following to say;

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 is the first title to introduce the new online entitlement feature. As with many programs, we’re investigating future opportunities, but we have no announcements to make on it at this time.

We would love to hear your views on this.  Is this a price you are willing to pay to combat piracy?  Or is it a ploy to diminish the thriving second hand market?