Why the online activation requirement for PS5’s detachable drive is an issue (opinion)


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13 Responses

  1. PLAYER 1 says:

    If it is PAIRED to your console, but MARRIED to a PSN account, you could use it on another console. If it is married to your console and account, buy an xbox.

  2. Tom says:

    after their psn plus increase and now this bull Can’t wait until ps5 backups are running

  3. John Doe says:

    Let’s not also lose the fact that forcing an ONLINE paring will also REQUIRE the firmware to update to the newest version from PSN, basically rendering any chance of holding an older firmware version due to jailbreak and then wanting to add a BD drive later an impossibility, if for example the BD-JB improves later. What this would mean is that anyone with the base unit without the bluray drive either needs to acquire and pair it immediately to lock in the firmware version, and possibly still missing out on lower firmware vulnerabilities, or risk never being able to utilize a disc drive again.

  4. snil says:

    So that’s why I can’t update my ps4!! Now I can’t do anything with it because I can’t find any stable exploit for the firmware it’s stuck in, it can’t play discs because the drive is broken, and I can’t play my digital games because I don’t have access to the store and my hard drive got wiped, so this console will keep collecting dust and this will probably be the future of a lot of ps4s 🙁

  5. gregts says:

    yeah, boycott that ***.

  6. sleirsgoevy says:

    What’s the thing with that vertical stand btw? I can put my PS5 in vertical position and it stays in that position just fine on those white covers, without any special stand.

    • wololo says:

      Maybe to reduce risk of it falling hard if you bump into it? (or during earthquakes)

    • Erik Haile says:

      The new “slim” PS5 is also shaped slightly differently, so it’s possible it doesn’t stand vertically in a stable fashion without a stand. Sort of like how the Slim PS2 “required” a stand to stay vertical. I wouldn’t put that past sony.

  7. John Doe says:

    Good article 🙂

  8. Where is Firstus says:

    Planned Obsolescence is what this is. Yet another greedy mega-corporation at work.

  9. Leo says:

    Just the other day I was trying to play my LEGIT non hacked Ps3, in wich I have a lot of purchased content.
    I got a weird error that made me unable to sync the clock online so I couldn’t open any game or even sign in to my psn account.
    I had to reset settings to default to be able to get rid of the wird bug that blocked my games.
    PS3 to this day STILL HAS AN ACTIVE C-BOMB and no one talks about it, no one gaves a ***.
    My PS3 probably has the clock battery dead but I was able to sync the clock online without problems.
    This kind of unnecesary DRM blocks are the worst because it affects legit users with legit content.

  10. FreeMyPS5 says:

    That’s definitely a Violation of the “Right to Repair act”
    Right to repair is a legal right for owners of devices and equipment to freely modify and repair products such as automobiles, electronics, and farm equipment. This right is framed in opposition to restrictions such as requirements to use only the manufacturer’s maintenance services, restrictions on access to tools and components, and software barriers.

  11. Charles Fasano says:

    I don’t care if I’ve experienced that issue or not I’m still against an accessory being permanently paired to the console. There is no reason that a disc drive issue should “brick” the console. While I’ve never had this issue I still don’t think an external drive should be paired or require an internet connection for it to work. One of the thing I loved about the PS4 and PS5 was that you never needed to connect them to the internet in order to use them unlike the locked down Xbox One and Series that requires an internet connection JUST to do the initial set-up and play certain physical discs. There is no need for that. I am still against devices that require any kind of constant internet connection for them to work or to even set up.