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 Jul 12, 2006 - 09:55 PM - by Michael
* Sony to lock your game to your console?

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Sony's come up with a patent to lock your games down to a single console.

Imagine: you can't take it to a friend's house. You can't loan it to them. You can't even use your game in a new console if yours breaks.

Documents filed in April 2000 with the U.S. Patent Office describe a method of copy protection by which the game system would verify a disc as legitimate, register the disc to that particular game console, then wipe out verification data so the disc would be rendered unreadable in other PlayStations.

"Since only titles for which legitimate software has actually been purchased and which have been initially registered in the machine table can be used, resale (so-called used software purchase) after purchase by an end user becomes practically impossible," according to the patent documents.
Imagine the new slogan of gamers: "Friends don't let friends buy Sony."
 

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