Sony announced on their blog today that North American and European PSN users will have to deal with fewer activated devices. When you purchase a game on PSN right now it can be downloaded and played on 5 systems. Starting November 18th, 2011 that changes to 2 systems.

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.

Now you may be wondering, why?  Sony has decided that “game sharing” has become a problem.  This is where you and a friend share a PSN account so you can buy the game once with that account, activate it on up to 5 systems, and then you’re both able to play it.

Sony thinks lots of folks were doing this.  From some of the comments in the NA and EU PS Blogs, I don’t think it was as rampant as they say.  There are quite a few people who have 3 systems in their house and they’re not happy. I don’t blame them.  Their punishing everyone for the acts of a few people.

My favorite comment so far from user “adolson”
“Personally, I can’t wait for the December firmware update where they remove Blu-ray movie playback support.”

Considering they keep taking features out of the system, it may sound facetious but who knows what they might do.

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