Sony announced today a change to the way they’re handling PSN titles and how many systems they can be activated on. Currently, you can “share” a PSN title across a mix of five systems – either PSPs or PS3s. This means you could download Final Fantasy VII and play it on both your PS3 and PSP, and you could even let a friend log in on your account on his PS3 and download it there to play. That will no longer be the case starting November 18th.
The number of systems you can have a game activated on is being dropped from five to two. How many people this will really affect is not really clear, but the good news is that anything you purchased before November 18th will be grandfathered into the old restrictions.
This doesn’t mean you can only ever play downloaded games on two pieces of hardware, as there will be access to deactivate devices from within each piece of hardware, plus Sony is working on a re-designed PSN website that will allow you to activate/deactivate devices from any PC in the future. To get a jump on things, head over to Sony’s site for step-by-step instructions on how to activate/deactivate devices attached to your PSN account(s).