Downloaded games on HDD

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  1. mrmicp

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    Hi,

    I'm going to sell my 60gig PS3 and get a 80gig PS3. I have downloaded a few games like wipeout and pain on my PS3 and wanted to know if I can transfer them across to my new console or will the console be sold with the games on for the new owner to play on?

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  2. demoni

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    From what I understand if you get a new PS3 you can log into your PSN Account and download them again from the Download List it records that you have already paid for it but I think there is a limit to how many machines you can download the same thing on!
     
  3. zain.786

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    Yes there is a limit - its 5 PS3's per 1 PSN account. :smashin:
     
  4. cols

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    Yep just sign in on your new machine with your psn, go to the store, downloads, and re-download them.

    You can do this as many times as you want, but only on up to 5 machines that are "activated" under your psn id. :smashin:
     
  5. mrmicp

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    Cheers all:smashin: Just need to sell my 60 gig now and get my 80gig.....
     
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    Make sure you deactivate your account from your 60GB ps3 first though :smashin:
     
  7. Usama

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    Yea, otherwise that is 1 gone to waste that you wont be able to get back.
     
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    So does this mean if you keep the same machine but upgrade the Hard Drive a few times over the years(when bigger ones become avaliable) ,then you can re-download the games as many times as you want?.
     
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    I'm confused on that. When you upgrade your HDD does it re-activate the new HDD, or is that PS3 already activated? What I'm trying to say is, is the activation based on the HDD, or on the PS3 system itself?
     
  10. Usama

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    I think so.
     
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    When i changed the HDD on my ps3 it stayed(to the best of my knowledge anyway) activated.I didn't have to re-enter any information on my psn.So it must be on the ps3 system.
     
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    Yea, it does say 5 PS3 systems.
     
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    it's the machine ("system") that's activated, not the hdd. I think they have some sort of digital fingerprint they put on the hdd.

    That's why, when you do a backup, swap the hdd, format and restore, it's all copied back with no issues, but if you take a backup and try and restore that to another machine, some stuff isn't able to be copied over, as it's tied to the original system.

    So yes you could have one machine, keep upgrading the hdd, and each time just re-download your psn games.
     
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    And this would categoricaly not count towards your 5 downloads per ID?

    In which case, why is the rule 5 per account - it surely leaves sony wide open to game sharing, which seeing as they have the only unhackable console on the market, seems either shortsighted or silly.

    What would count towards your 5 download limit?
     
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    You could concievably have 5 PS3s in your household and wouldnt have to buy the same PSN game 5 times. Although this would suggest that it's no longer possible.

    Don't forget you also have to be stupid enough to give someone else your username and password to share the games.
     
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    there's not a limit of 5 downloads, there's a limit of 5 activated machines.

    You can download a game as many times as you want to any machine activated under your psn.

    Try and activate a 6th machine under your psn id, and it won't let you.

    So in effect yes, this allows game sharing.
     
  17. sunnybacon

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    Yeah, last night I tried sharing High Velocity Bowling with my mate. Went over to his house, logged in with my account, downloaded it from the list (I made sure the account was activated on his machine). However, when it had installed, it said something about copyright invalid.
    I thought that game was shareable, but evidently they've changed it.

    EDIT: I deleted my account from his PS3 once it had started downloading, because I assumed it wasn't needed any more because the PS3 was activated. Is that the problem?
     
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    yep that's probably the problem - you need to leave the psn account details on their machine. They still can't use your account without your password, so long as you uncheck "remember password". :smashin:
     
  19. sunnybacon

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    Thanks, I'll try that next time I go round. And they can still play the game without having the password saved on the console?
     
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    Here's another qustion r.e. game sharing. So if i set up an account on a mates ps3, download a sharable game and leave my account on (after changing the password) When he plays the game (if their is an on-line component like a leaderboard) will he be on your username when he plays? or will he be playing on his own psn username?


    r.e. gamesharing the way I've always seen it is that with games that have a hard copy and are available for download. e.g. burnout paradise you could sell the hard copy on after playing it. If you could only download it once it seems unfair to me that you couldn't sell the game on.
     
  21. sunnybacon

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    He'll be playing with his own account, since he wouldn't be able to use yours because you've changed the password (or removed it altogether).
     
  22. cols

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    ooh good question... I think so, but try it both ways i'd say. It might be the case that you need to leave your password on there too - my memory's a bit unreliable! :D
     
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    No problem :rotfl:
    I'll try it soon and report back here :thumbsup:
     
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    OK, report:
    It seems as if Sony are against me. I logged onto his machine with my account, downloaded High Velocity Bowling, and left the user on there, with the password saved.
    The game wouldn't start, it kept giving a copyright error :thumbsdow
    Seems as if HVB is locked to one machine :(
     
  25. cols

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    Have you gone into "account management" and clicked on "activate system"?
     
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    Yep, the system was already activated, which was really strange, because if I press triangle on the game, then go to "Information", it says that it can be used by people other than the content owner unless the owner is deleted.
    And the owner wasn't deleted :confused:
    Maybe Sony really have locked down game sharing :(
     

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