The recent cracking of the PlayStation 3 has given Sony quite the scare. Of course, now Sony is trying to take action against the hacked firmware. And while still a rumor, Sony might be taking a step that might go a bit too far.
Website PS3-Sense claims to have the exclusive story from an inside source that future PlayStation 3 titles will ship with serial keys, similar to that found packaged with PC games. This key would be required for a game disc to run on the PlayStation 3 and could only be used five times before the key becomes invalid, making the disc useless to non-registered PlayStation 3s.
I’d like to stress heavily that this is a rumor. But if it were to go through, this would most likely have a heavy impact on the used and rental market on the PlayStation 3. There was a rumor like this similar to the PlayStation 3’s launch as well, but obviously that never went through.