Sony Battles PSP Piracy

Are you an evil scumbag who likes stealing PSP games rather than paying for them? Perhaps that’s why you’re still to get a PSPgo, ya cheap miserable pirate.  Right?  Yeah, you.

Well, Sony have got your number, and it looks like SOCOM is the first title in a while where the publishers have started to fight back at the PSP’s rather rampant illegal software thieves.


Anyone wanting to play SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 must register the game through the PSN before access to online play is granted.  UMD copies of the game have a voucher code that must be redeemed online, whilst copies downloaded from the Store will do this automatically.

If you buy the game pre-owned, you can buy a PSN voucher for $20 to enable online play.

SCEA’s John Koller told IGN that SOCOM is “the first title to introduce the new online entitlement feature.” As with many programs, we’re investigating future opportunities, but we have no announcements to make on it at this time.”

“Piracy continues to be an issue of concern for the PSP platform. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 is a trial run for a new initiative we are exploring for the platform. We will continue to explore this as an opportunity for the platform going forward.”