Eric Lempel, VP of Sony Network Entertainment, announced via the PlayStation blog that there will be some changes to the amount of licenses allowed for content downloaded from the PlayStation Network. Currently, users have been able to activate up to 5 PS3 and 5 PSP consoles on one account, which sometimes led to users sharing purchased content with other users. Starting November 18, 2011, this is being changed so that only 2 PS3 and 2 PSP consoles can be activated with one PSN account.
If you’re worried that you’ll now be losing licenses for content that you’ve already purchased, don’t be. This change will only apply to game content purchased after November 18, 2011.
In addition to controlling console activation through the consoles themselves, Sony Computer Entertainment also plans to provide a new PlayStation Network account management website where users will be able to deactivate particular devices attached to their PlayStation Network account via their PC.
The full announcement:
We’d like to inform you of some upcoming changes to the usage policies for PlayStation Network game content. As of November 18, 2011, the number of devices that can be activated on one PlayStation Network account for game content purchased from the PlayStation Store will be updated as follows:
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.
Please note that this update will not affect game content purchased before November 18. The PSP rights include PSP-1000/2000/3000 series as well as the PSPgo system.
PlayStation Network users are able to change the activation setting through each device, and Sony Computer Entertainment plans to provide a new PlayStation Network account management website where users will be able to deactivate particular devices attached to their PlayStation Network account via their PC.