It won't happen.
1) It would kill the ability to rent or sell used games. While Sony might like that, they know it would drive customers away in droves.
2) There would be keygens available about 5 minutes after the games hit the shelves, and legal owners could be prevented from using their game because someone already keygen'd the same serial.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
#2 can be prevented by using a sufficiently complex and genuinely random code generator. While there will always be a technical chance that someone gets caught in this, proper phone support can fix this sort of problem in no time flat.
Game rentals could be dealt with via the equivalent of Volume License Keys. These discs would always present a security risk, but what makes this situation so unique is the fact that there's nothing Sony can do to resecure the system permanently on any level. The logical approach is therefore to implement something--even a fine mesh grate slows the flow of water--but to attach sufficient goodies to being legal that customers opt for it.
Under the circumstances, does it really matter that VLKs are a security risk? I think not.
Fascinating, i wonder what sony will do here. I own a PS3 as well, but bought it solely for a blueray player. Ironically, i dont own a HDTV yet haha. But i use the thing to stream music, videos and pictures time to time.
I hope it doesnt go down the 360 route where getting games is soo easy. Perhaps they'll have a new iteration of the ps3 soon enough. Similar to the xbox slim, which i believe till today is not mod-able.
The ps3 extra-slim?
Doesn't work for PC software, won't work for console software.
There will be patches for most titles that allow you to simply NOP the code that asks for the serial while you're ripping the disk to your HD. A serial system would cost Sony a ton of money to support, REQUIRE you to have your system connected to the Internet for any kind of meaningful verification, and it won't even slow down the casual copiers.
If there are Volume License Keys, there will be keygens for them. Just like Windows. Has anyone *ever* had a problem finding a serial or cracked version of Windows?
I disagree that the logical approach is to implement 'something', even if it does no good. That's what got them into this mess.
What they'll likely do is put spyware in a never-ending series of firmware upgrades that examines your HD content for known hacks and then phones home to blacklist you. It won't matter to the real hackers though, because the firmware can now be dissected and the changes analyzed before anyone updates their firmware. There are already several flavors of replacement firmware available.
Most people will continue to buy PS3 games, whether the system can be hacked or not. The only real solution for Sony is to rush the PS4 through development now. But, I won't be buying it. I'm going to stick with PC gaming, where I can be sure no game company's going to remove features from the system I paid for.
"I disagree that the logical approach is to implement 'something', even if it does no good. That's what got them into this mess."
Keeping piracy off the PS3 since launch constitutes *enormous* financial good. If they hadn't removed Other OS support, the PS3 would still be locked; the cracks discovered prior to the Other OS removal didn't fling wide the door for pirated content.
Furthermore, I suspect you vastly overestimate the technical capabilities or interests of the typical PS3 owner. Console junkies may well spring for a pre-cracked system if they can purchase one, but that doesn't translate into people feeling comfortable doing the work themselves.
As far as I know, there isn't a PS4 to rush. I'm sure someone, somewhere has been tasked with drawing up hypothetical specs and charting the lay of the land, but Sony has clearly articulated that the PS3 is the console to target for the "foreseeable future," which I arbitrarily translate to mean two years until a PS4 is announced and 3.5-4, minimum, before a PS4 arrives. Even if my numbers are off one way or the other, there's no way to just adjust the development schedule--not when the software companies have adjusted their own products and delivery dates to accommodate the PS3 as it stands today.
A rush job is also potential suicide. Sony could certainly deliver a PS 3.5 by incorporating advances in GPU and CPU technology, adding larger caches, more memory, etc. The software compatibility issues surrounding this, however, are nightmarish--and the PS 3.5 would by its very nature have to somehow maintain compatibility with previous games.
They foget the main mantra of todays tech croud, if you key it...then someone has to crack it:P
This will drive people to either not use their content or move towards a more round about way of getting the content.
Anima, do you even read articles? :P
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