Sony Computer Entertainment is changing their digital game activation policy. Currently, games purchased over PlayStation Network can be activated on five different devices. Some publishers like Capcom created a work around to restrict games to one console, but titles like Final Fight: Double Impact are far and few between.
Today, SCEJ announced games purchased from PSN on or after November 18 can only be activated on two devices. Games purchased earlier will not be affected and can still be activated on say five different PS3s. This policy change spans all of Sony’s gaming devices – PlayStation 3, PSP (all models including PSPgo), and PlayStation Vita.
After the change is made users who want to install a game on a third device will have to deactivate it. Sony will make this process easier by allowing remote deactivations via a PlayStation Network account management website instead of having to deactivate the game from a console.
Sony’s reason for the policy change is to balance content creator rights and customer convenience.