UPDATED: Upcoming Change to PlayStation 3 and PSP Game Content on PlayStation Network

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UPDATED: Upcoming Change to PlayStation 3 and PSP Game Content on PlayStation Network

UPDATE: On November 17th (Pacific Time), the PlayStation network will undergo maintenance. Once this maintenance window has completed, the new policy will apply. If you want to purchase content under the current rules, please do so before this maintenance begins on November 17th.

We’d like to inform you of some upcoming changes to the usage policies for PlayStation Network game content. As of November 18, 2011, the number of devices that can be activated on one PlayStation Network account for game content purchased from the PlayStation Store will be updated as follows:

For game content purchased after November 18, 2011, a new policy will apply and the number of devices that can be activated will be as follows:

  • PS3: Users will be able to play the game on up to 2 activated PS3 systems.
  • PSP: Users will be able to play the game on up to 2 activated PSP systems.

Please note that this update will not affect game content purchased before November 18. The PSP rights include PSP-1000/2000/3000 series as well as the PSPgo system.

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.

For more details on how to activate/deactivate the devices, please visit here or contact consumer services.

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  • As long as the “New PlayStation Network account management website” – Works better than the old Qriocity one I’m fine. We have 3 Active PS3’s in our household. We don’t ‘Share’ games between them as we each have our OWN PSN and want our own trophies etc. However, over the past 5 years. Repairs under warranty , and one replacement of a ylod PS3 has caused more than a few calls to Customer service to ‘deactivate’ PS3’s I no longer have access to deactivate. – Each time I’m warned it is the last time … etc. I still show having the “Max” activations and I only have one PS3 active. Two if you count watching netflix on another PS3. I’d love to be able to identify and deactivate PS3(s) either in the trash or previously replaced by Sony thru ‘Repair/refurbishing”.

  • I liked Ratchet426 suggestion: allow PS Plus members to play game on up to 3 activated systems. If you don’t already have a Plus subscription, but own 3 systems, you can upgrade your membership so you can still play on all three system. And more Plus members is good for Sony also :)

  • Actually it is taking something away. Up to that point, we had the option. After that point in time, we don’t have the option.

    The option of using purchased content on up to 5 consoles was taken away.

  • @42,47 … I understand that. You suggested I should just pay for the same game more than once. I’m saying that’s ridiculous.

  • I support this move as long as the website for controlling activations work well.

  • I have 2 bricked ps3’s before my current one wich are still technically activated. Makes me worry that I may get shut off since I doubt I can get those others deactivated over the phone.

    I have long lost the paperwork from when I bought them

  • from what it says, you can have your account active on two PS3’s AND two PSP’s, if that’s right i’m ok with it, since i was planning on buying a second PS3 as a family christmas gift.

    but if it’s two systems period, that’s freaking stupid.

    and hell, if they’d given us the ability to deactivate our accounts on other systems from the PC from day one, they wouldn’t have a single reason to complain about gamesharring.

  • hey sony, please make it to 3…
    2 is too much….

  • My first PS3 bricked with the red light of death. So, if it happens to someone after November 18 that person will be in his limit of downloads for the content he bought. Considering that you can’t simply change the HD from one PS3 to another, 2 downloads sounds few for a console with a life cycle of 10 years.
    It’s too soon to say but in most cases, actions to fight piracy uses to harm the honest consumer. While the pirate figure out another way to steal just because it’s his business. I tend to think that developers and publisher have better results when they concentrate on the public that pay for their products instead of people that Don’t.

  • #42 – Making assumptions about someone’s wealth strictly from their possessions is a false idol. I know plenty of flashy materials owners who have no wealth.

  • I really think it is a good thing. peoples abused the system, Games aren’t meant to be free to share with your friends. Has of 5 to 2, It’s maybe a little drastic measure. I have personally 2 Ps3 at home, mine and my GF one that we are able to play online together. 3 Activations should have been more appropriate, but again abusive gamers of the system have brought that to everyones.

    On the other hand Sony, and to play the devil advocate, don’t you think you should have seen the thing coming in letting consumer activate on 5 Ps3 or Psp in the first place. It was like an invite to do it. Now you wanna get things right because you lose money and publisher lose money. You (SONY) should have seen that coming. Anyway nobody need 5 PS3 to play, not even 3 in fact. It’s not fair of you (SONY) to remove the feature now.

    And you Gamer, pay for your games or don’t play at all! I pay for ’em and it cost me a lot so you should too.

  • Three, oh, it’s the magic number,
    Yeah it is, it’s the magic number

    Somewhere in that ancient mystic trinity
    You get three
    It’s the magic number

    With the past and the present and the future
    And faith and hope and charity
    And the heart and the brain and the body
    It’ll give you three; it’s a magic number,

    It takes three legs to make a tripod
    Or to make a table stand
    And it takes three wheels to make a vehicle
    And call it a tricycle
    Every triangle has three corners
    Every triangle has three sides
    No more, no less
    You don’t have to guess
    That is three, can’t you see?
    It’s the magic number

    A man and a woman had a little baby
    Yes they did,
    There were three in the family
    That’s the magic number

    -Blind Melon

    3 is the magic number Sony! Cause knowledge is power!!

  • I also agree with allowing PS+ members to keep 3 systems activated. I like this change overall, and I love that I will be able to deactivate systems remotely as I have games installed on two dead PS3s.

  • As an owner of three PSPs, I feel EXTREMELY cheated. I bought the content, why can’t I use it on all of my systems?

    Raise the cap to 3 for both PSPs and PS3s, and you’ll keep me as a customer. Otherwise, I have a shiny new 360 to play Skyrim on.

  • What about minis and PSOne Classics? Is it two systems total? Or two of each?

    If I have a mini activated on my PS3, can it also be activated on both my PSP and my wife’s?

    • It will be two of each. Game content purchased after November 18th, including PSone Classics and Minis, will be playable on up to two PS3s and two PSPs.

  • Yeah really though it seems like we’re losing more than getting more. Shouldn’t there be some progression on features rather than taking features away it seems to be a trend in all companies to punish the their consumers. I mean i personally don’t care about this move at all its just weird sometimes too have a feature then all of a sudden loose it. Have we been bad Sony? :OP

  • Glad to see it 5 was abused bigtime 2 is perfect and im also glad to hear that you can no deactivate online i have 2 dead ps3s my old 60 gig and my brothers dead 60 gig now i can finally free my account from those

  • Listening to people complain about having to re-buy content for their 4 PS3s is like listening to people complain about needing to buy gas for their yacht.

    I doubt they have 4 PS3s personally. I think they want to do something else like steal games with their friends.

  • I’m kinda confused with this so can anyone explain to me what this is saying and can I still buy games from the PSN after?.

  • Mostly good news. I have three PS3s in the house, one of which is in my room, one of which is in my brother’s room right next to mine, and one of which is YLOD. I really need this new Web site to be able to deactivate video content as well. Otherwise, I’m still shelling out $120+ in the future for a reball.

  • I think 3 would of been the sweet spot However FINALLY getting a page up to mange the devices will be a god send.

  • I already have 3 PSP. How will this affect me if I get a Vita ? Will I still be able to use my account ? Please answer Sony or I may not get a Vita !! Also, if your gonna make it 2 per console, can you give us a way to manage it ? One of my PS3s YLODed and since then I couldn’t cancel the account. :\

    • If you get a Vita, it will count toward your portable allotment of 2 devices across PSP, PSPgo and Vita.

      There is the ability to manage your devices via the devices themselves or via the new function on the website, which is coming soon.

  • While I understand Sony’s actions in this. It’s still kind of annoying. I have three systems in my house. I would like to play psn content in all three of them in any manner I like. Oh well, I guess I will have to buy the psn games and dlc I have wanted in the next couple of weeks, before they turn down the tap.

  • well i guess that means im deffinlty not gonna renew my playstation plus an possibly be done purchaseing anything on playstation store.

  • I think you should be able to log in to your account from any system. The limitation should be how many systems you can download to. With cloud saving you should be able to go to friend and play either disc based games, or PSN games that your friend has downloaded, from your account. I understand that Sony want to limit game sharing, but why shouldn’t you be able to log into your account from any system (without downloading anything)?

    • This change only affects content you obtain from the PlayStation Store. You can still log in from other systems to play without activating them as part of your allocation.

  • careful with fixing what is not broken, keep changing conditions on what were your selling points…

  • Hey! This is not fair! I have 3 PSPs (1000, 3000, GO). Why are you punishing your customers who pay for things legitimately in your efforts to punish the minority?

    And yes, I use them all. My 1000 has both the extended battery pack and an add-on battery that clips tot he back, so it’s great on long trips. But the analogue stick is kinda junky on it, so I have a PSP3000 for anything that really needs the analogue stick that I don’t have on PSN yet. And the GO is so I can play on my TV with a Dualshock.

    I am your ideal customer Sony. You’ve gotten me to buy the same game system THREE times, and now you are telling me that I cannot actually play my purchased content on all three of them just because you tell me that someone, somewhere is using it to steal games.

    And what is this going to mean for the Vita?

    • Once Vita launches, it will count toward your portable allotment of up to 2 systems across PSP, PSPgo and Vita.

  • how this is going to affect me?

    for PS3: I’ve had 2 broken units which both went to repair and were unable to be deactivated, then I bought a second for another room. I then had a lightning strike which BOTH of my ps3’s were killed. One of which I sent to Targets RMA and they sent me a gift card (couldn’t deactivate), the other was my (3rd replaced) launch unit which I payed Sony to upgrade to a Slim. My current PS3 is my 5th activated unit, and ONLY unit I have.

    for PSP: I had a launch unit I sold when the 2000 model came out and I did not know about the deactivation procedure (I thought wiping the unit would do this). Then my 2000 model was stolen from my car, and now I have a go so I have 3 activation’s for PSP 2 of which I cannot remove.

    I’m fine with 2 activation’s, but the fact that there is no way to recover activation’s needs to be addressed. When you send your unit into warranty, they will not deactivate your dead unit. I’ve spent so much money on the PSN store, have an insane amount of trophies, PS Plus attached to my account, and generally like my username that If I was forced to either use a new account or loose the games I’ve bought, I’d just give up my PS3.

    • A new feature on our website, coming soon, will allow you to deactivate all your systems, including ones you that are no longer working. Your working PS3 can be activated/deactivated via the system itself under “account management.”


  • I only have one PS3 so does this really matter to me or not?.

  • The only people who are whining are the ones who game share. Two accounts is more than enough. If you can afford more than 2 or 3 ps3 than you can afford to buy content for the third playstation.

  • @65 why do you worry about what I do or don’t own? I have 4. I do not gameshare. I’m a 36 year old gamer with a PS3 in my bedroom, living room, kid’s room, and office. The fact that sony has always made it okay to download to each of my PS3’s (up to 5) was why I purchased all 4. Cutting it in half will definitely be a pain in the ass. Had this been their stance from the beginning I would have only purchased two PS3s. If it’s gamesharing they’re worried about then just check IP addresses from where the system is logged in and compare to other accounts accessing the same spot.

  • This is the right way to go! as many have said, i dont know why this havnt been done before, i mean just this week if been asked by 2 random people if they want to “trade” games, aka he logs into my PS ID and me his…. first of all, i think its lame, and why would i play games that i love on others ID? i mean, i like trophies and all that so why not get the game myself and enjoy all of its glory PLUS give the devs of the game the cash they should get for making an awesome game!!!!
    I HAVE SPOKEN!!!!!

  • one in the family room, one in kids room, and I WAS going to purchase one for my room. Guess I’ll get an XBOX for the kids room, I’ll be keeping the ps3. Great job sony ps3 Nazis (no more ps3′s for you) you should have as many as you can buy as long as they’re going through the same ip address

  • you are screwing yourselves over.

    i REFUSE to buy online passes, and now i REFUSE to buy anymore DLC until this is changed back. I have multiple(4) PS3s if i cant play all my PURCHASED content on all my systems you will not see another cent from me.


  • I hope you have an easy system in place to deactivate broken systems that doesn’t involve shipping them to you.

    I’d like to think you actually thought of the negative effect this will have on legitimate customers and have measures in place to mitigate them. But then I remembered you’re Sony and are probably only interrested in stopping the game sharers and could care less how badly you screw everyone else over in the process.

    • Yes. We are currently developing a new feature on our website that will allow you to deactivate all systems tied to your account via PC.

  • No good news..

  • The 5 PS3 feature was abused far too often, so I’m glad about this change. I’ve heard that some publishers have resisted putting catalogue titles on PSN because of all the game sharing, so I’m hopeful that this move will mean more PSP catalogue games hitting the store.

  • As long as there’s an easy way to activate and deactivate machines then I don’t think it’s really a problem.

    Two does seem a little low though.

    I think three sounds like a reasonable number.

    My.cousin says two for normal PSN, and four for Plus ;-)

  • Hopefully i can deactivate my old 60GB PS3 that died a few years back, so that is cool. Deactivating your PS3’s via PC should of been ready on day 1 i think.

  • This is ok with me if & ONLY if the new website is actually effective at deactivating bricked hardware.

  • @80 AGREED!

  • Wow, Sony, come the hell on.

    If something happens to my PS3 and I need to get another one….and then something happens to that one, am I going to be compensated for everything I purchased after November 18th, 2011? What if the motherboard gets blown and I can’t access the “dead” system to deactivate it, am I just out of luck? I used to work at a place that repaired video game systems and more often then not the motherboard dies and you simply cannot even turn the PS3 on. Would this then limit the number of PS3s activated to 1?

    In the past I have logged on to my boyfriend’s PS3, does that count as an activated system? My boyfriend’s 1st PS3 was stolen, he will never be able to deactivate his account on that system. Is there a way to deactivate by phone, based off serial number? (If that is the case can you just find the original PS3 and brick it based off it’s serial number?)

    As for the 3 systems if you are a PS+ member. That is not cool. Why should I have to pay more for something that I should already have and was taken away from me?

    • We are currently developing a new feature on our website that will allow you to deactivate all systems tied to your account via PC.

  • Oh I really love the argument that if we can afford 3-5 ps3s we can afford to rebuy psn content. /sarcasm

  • Trust me I am not rich by any means. I just buy broken ps3’s off eBay and repair them when mine break.

  • Will this mean Capcom will stop with their additional DRM on games like Final Fight and Bionic Commando Rearmed 2? If so, this would be an even better change to gamesharing. With remote deactivation, I can see people using it the way it was meant: downloading and activating their games at a friend’s house, deactivating and reactivating as necessary to play with that friend, or doing so with any number of friends as long as it’s one at a time.

  • This is pathetic, F*** you Sony.

    I don’t know if you hate it when people buy your products, but some people have more than one playstation 3. I’m not one of them, but I am strongly considering buying another PS3. I have an Original PS3, with bc, 4 usb ports, and all that shiny chrome. But it is loud….. sounds like a hair dryer, or i dont know, a rocket lifting off.

    If I do end up buying a slim ps3, now I won’t be able to put any new psone titles on one of the systems, since it;ll also be on my psp.

    This is rediculous. I wouldn’t have a problem if it was 3 devices. 2 ps3 and one psp, or 2 psp and one ps3, or a vita, a go, and a ps3.


  • Pirates gonna Pirate. Why make the innocent consumer suffer? Dumb move Sony. You’ll lose the gaming war to mobile devices that Apple and Android put out as soon as they horsepower is there. You can already sync up PS3 controller to the Xoom.

  • @FriedConsole
    Listening to people make assumptions and lump every person into one category is like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I know two people with 4 functional, activated PS3s that get regular use. They have kids.

    Like I said before, this isn’t good for the consumer. I understand why it is being implemented (at least I think I understand), but people should not be so quick to give things up and actually encourage things like this.

    The honest, paying patrons of the PlayStation Store are really the people shouldering the burden.

  • was a little disappointed when i read this, but seeing that we’ll get a website where we can deactivate and reactivate our accounts on any ps3 on a pc, doesn’t seem too bad now at least for me.when will the website be available?

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