Sony's taking a fairly unconventional approach to putting a stop to piracy on the PSP platform. The recently released handheld shooter, SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3,
comes bundled with a code which, once redeemed through the PlayStation Network, allows the player to access the game's online modes. Folks who purchase the game directly through the PSN are automatically online-enabled -- but those who nab the game illicitly won't have access to the code, and will have to shell out $20 to unlock a license which lets them play online.
Sony's John Koller recently spoke to IGN
about the activation procedure, saying it's "a trial run for a new initiative we are exploring for the platform." Obviously, it's going to be very
effective at sticking it to software pirates worldwide. Oh, and people who rent games over GameFly
, and people who buy used games, and people who borrow games from their friends. That'll teach you, everyone