> At least Microsoft offered gamers a chance to get the 360 backwards
> compatible for an extra cost.
Which has absolutely nothing to do with what's being discussed here...?
Other comments suggested that it would never get off the ground in many places, as it contravenes "fair use" laws in no end of countries. i.e. once you own something, it is your right to sell it on if you so choose.
Regarding the PS3, while initially a "good idea" (for Sony) in that it forces everyone who wants a game to buy their own copy at full price, it would quite obviously affect sales adversely in the long run.
Not only could you not sell on, but nor could you trade in. Things such as GAME's 10-day money-back guarantee would be rendered useless. It would just affect too much.
Everyone knows I'm a huge Sony fan, but if Sony were to install this technology on PS3, even I would find myself seriously reconsidering buying one.
But then, just because it's been patented doesn't mean anything other than they want to protect their idea. There are thousands of patents issued for things which never reach the market.
This is, however, something for all the software pirates out there to think about, as it is inevitably a result of their actions.
I.e I hope Sony do it and get pwned.