@wizeguy: It also means that you can give your buddy the game disc and he can install it for a fee and you can both play together online. Sounds awesome to me.
This is what I like. One person can buy the game and pass it around so other can play with them for a cheaper price with the same disc. And no one knows if Sony will be doing something similar or not. Just because it hasn't been brought up, doesn't mean it will not happen.
I strongly hope you can play the game off the disc for free, and it is an install fee only. But in the end, I do not feel it is that big of a deal. "Additional fee" doesn't always mean it will be near full price, but who's to say until these things really get flushed out, which I'm thinking will be around E3.
Huh, that would actually be a pretty exciting if only because I can see my friends who already trade games with each other doing that. Of course they're invested in Sony's platform but the idea is something that translates well.
It's basically a way to monetize the used game but seeding unique copies in more places rather than being tied to the disc for instance. I guess it will all come down to the pricing to determine if people are willing to accept it or not. People always have their price (speaking for the larger market anyway. There will always be die-hard ideologues who want their gaming very strictly like this or that).
Come launch, I would bet that activating a 'used' game (and paying the fee), would deactivate the original install. Without this the math would get very sketchy and Microsoft would have to set the 'used fee' at the full $60 just to avoid exploitation.