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Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Sony's announced some upcoming changes to its policies for PlayStation Network game downloads. For game content purchased after November 18, you'll only be able to play it on up to two activated PS3s and/or two activated PSPs -- down from the original five.

The original policy, which some dubbed "Game Sharing," allowed you to sign in to your PSN account on a different device -- perhaps a friend's console -- and download your purchases to play with them. After you'd signed out, the other device would still be able to access the content, up to a total limit of five activated devices. The change in policy reduces this limit to two.

According to Sony, the new policy means that content purchased after November 18 can be played on "up to 2 activated PS3 systems" and "up to 2 activated PSP systems" -- actually a total of four devices in the case of cross-platform titles like PSone Classics and Minis. It's not yet known if Vita will count as "a PSP" when it eventually launches, or if it will receive its own activation limits. The new restriction will not affect already purchased content, so if you've already shared previous purchases, don't worry.
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lol some people are going to ape rage with this

I dont care, Im forever alone in my PS3 XD
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ALL my friends used to do this, With map packs and such.
   
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The name "Game Sharing" is misleading, its more like "DLC sharing", I think.
I read the article, I read the blog, and I see no stated reason for this. Any ideas people?
Maybe its that if you can't have 1 map pack for five people like Rian said, but surely the more people you can share with the better? It means you play with more friends who haven't purchased the DLC and could lead to further game purchases. It would increase the popularity of the console at least. 5 people sounds fine, but to reduce it seems counterproductive (to Sony and to players, obviously).

...Then again, perhaps it indicates a shift to increased production of downloadable content. Less sharing means you have to buy it if you want to play new maps or whatever. Could work I suppose.
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Not going to get PS4. Gona switch to pc gaming Fully.
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Who uses more than 2 PS3 and 2 PSP anyway?
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Wahhh? I dont think you guys get it. You could add multiple user accounts to PS3 - up to a maximum of 5.

To be able to download content that you didn't own, all you had to do was login to your mates account on your PS3, download the game/dlc, then logout and play it back on your own account. This was the game sharing feature of the PS3 which was quite nice if you had a group of trustworthy friends. You are able to split the purchasing of games / dlc with one another to share the costs.
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lol some people are going to ape rage with this

I dont care, Im forever alone in my PS3 XD
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The name "Game Sharing" is misleading, its more like "DLC sharing", I think.
I read the article, I read the blog, and I see no stated reason for this. Any ideas people?
Maybe its that if you can't have 1 map pack for five people like Rian said, but surely the more people you can share with the better? It means you play with more friends who haven't purchased the DLC and could lead to further game purchases. It would increase the popularity of the console at least. 5 people sounds fine, but to reduce it seems counterproductive (to Sony and to players, obviously).

...Then again, perhaps it indicates a shift to increased production of downloadable content. Less sharing means you have to buy it if you want to play new maps or whatever. Could work I suppose.
Take PlayStation Plus for example. I am a PlayStation Plus subscriber, I get a ton of stuff for free, things non-members would have to pay for. I can, and have done this, log into my account through a friend's console and re-download all my stuff. Now, he has all the stuff a Plus subscriber can get, without being a legitimate subscriber. It is basically stealing, and I honestly don't blame them.
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Can't say I blame them. Anyone with 2 activated PS3's needs more of a life anyhow.
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