PSN game downloads to be limited to two devices

Posted on Nov 7 2011 - 10:01am by Thomas Sharp

Sony Corp. has announced that future games that are purchased on its PlayStation Network will be activated on two devices at the same time, instead of five.

This new rule will apply to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable (PSP) games that are purchased after November 18, so users still has a few days left before it goes live.

Sony’s decision to limit the number of devices PSN games can be installed to is likely in response to users who take advantage of the system, sharing games with family and friends for free.

The company claims that the restriction has been changed to “protect the rights of content providers.” Console owners are already expressing their disappointment, while some users are concerned about how they are to recover purchased games from lost or broken devices.

Users with multiple devices don’t have to worry, though, as the company is introducing an easy workaround. Sony is introducing an online management system, which will enable users to activate or deactivate devices remotely.

“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,” said Sony in a statement.

The new two system game activation will also apply on the PlayStation Vita, which is set to be launched soon.

 

via:  PlayStation Blog

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