It think itīs possible to avoid piracy, by forcing the user to be online. Itīs only a matter of time, till this will come.
I would do it for example this way:
- No diskdrive at all
- Purchasing and downloading only with authentication
- Encrypted HDD with capsuled space for every game (similar wp8 does)
- Playing only with authentication.
So if you are not signed in you canīt play. And if you get managed to install pirated games to the console you need to authenticate. There can be even more "checks" build in on various places in the game, by the developers itself.
I think this is the savest thing possible. "You want to stay online"
Itīs an balancing act between usabiltiy and security, and donīt forget that Playstation is not planed as "open system"
The idea of "day-one-patch" is not as stupid as you think.
What are you going to do if Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft choose a way like this?
Bye Bye console gaming?
Most Smartphones are online 24/7