This seems like a blatant money-grubbing move on Sony’s part, and one which I don’t think they’ve realized the full import of. Yes, pre-owned games cut into Sony’s (and game developer’s) profits, but not every pre-owned copy is a lost sale; I know plenty of people who would not have bought a game new, but decided to pick it up used, and I know plenty of people who would not have bought a game if they didn’t think they could resell it when they were done.
This strategy is ridiculous enough that I’m willing to be it will be retracted or “clarified” well before PS3 launch (probably within the next week if gamers’ outrage is anything like I suspect it will be).
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That didn’t take long.
The Guardian is quoting a PR manager for Sony in the UK
who has denied this outright: “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.”