Sony trial game activation that could end trade-ins

The new SOCOM title for the PSP will tie itself to a user's account when online

The new SOCOM title for the PSP will tie itself to a user's account when online

Sony is trialling a voucher system on its new SOCOM title for the PSP which could end the booming trade-in market, according to Engadget.

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 for the PSP requires users to register with the Playstation Network (PSN) before they can play online. Once they do so the disc will be tied to their account and cannot be used by another.

If another user tries to play the game on their PSP they will be prompted to buy another “voucher” which costs $20.

Sony has in the past signalled that it wanted to deal with the used game market, which generates a lot of revenue for retailers but none for developers. Digital downloads – as available through the PSP Go – is one tactic they have used to undercut it but most physical copies of games are still re-usable.

If this voucher system catches on it could mean games could no longer be traded-in; or at the very least that buyers of used games would need to pay extra to actually play the game.

It is not yet clear if buyers of SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 will have to register their copy to play the offiline single-player mode or if registration only takes place when they enter multiplayer mode.

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