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This topic is based on a post from Destructoid.com post titled: PlayStation game downloads to be limited to two consoles By: Jim Sterling
“For the past few years, gamers have been allowed to activate their accounts on up to five PlayStation consoles, allowing for the easy sharing of content. This ease was readily exploited by gamers who would use shared accounts to nab free games, and Sony’s decided to put a stop to it.
Beginning November 18, accounts may only be activated on two systems as opposed to five. This new limitation affects both the PS3 and PSP, as it will the PlayStation Vita when that machine launches.
Sony says that the new restriction is in place to “protect the rights of content providers.” However, a number of gamers are already unhappy with the new law, accusing Sony of enforcing unfair DRM and stomping on consumer rights. There are also worries about gamers who end up with multiple broken or lost devices, and whether they could access their content in future.
It’s an issue with several sides. On the one hand, I can see Sony wanting to protect its game sales, but on the other side — is it much different from lending a physical game to a bunch of friends? What do you reckon? Is Sony being unreasonable, or should consumers stop whining?”
I can see this as being troublesome for users who have more than two systems in the household. For them, the situation sucks! However, in my experience this is usually not the case. I also have not heard of anyone (that I know at least) sharing accounts to gain benefit, but obviously it is out there.
For the people who are accusing Sony of doing something wrong by enacting this, how about blaming the people that ruined it for everyone? Some people may have legitimate use for this (ex. multiple consoles in the household) and then there are those who use it to benefit by logging into another account and playing a game which they have not purchased like they should. The people using it to benefit themselves should be the ones that are punished for it. But then Sony has to determine who is doing it, then there are wrongful accusations, then they have to listen to customers complain/fight (even if the customer is in the wrong) and in the end, people still get away with it.
This kind reminds me slightly of being a kid again. Adults always say to (usually a collective group of) kids something along the lines of “If you don’t follow the rules, you don’t get any desert!” Well, thanks to people abusing the system, we no longer get our desert.
If purchasing games is really that difficult for you, maybe you need to pick up a part time job or change your spending habits so your can support your gaming habit. A PS Plus account is cheap considering all of the free content you get. Why not give that a try? Sure there aren’t any A-list games on there for free, but at least you can still game for a low cost. Also renting is another option in most cases.
For the people who have more than two consoles, I understand the frustration. To everyone else, I don’ t feel bad at all.
For the full post on Destructoid, and other people’s comments, click the following link: http://www.destructoid.com/playstation-game-downloads-to-be-limited-to-two-consoles-215189.phtml#comment-post-form