Forgive me for being naive, but I've been out of the "PC loop" since Halo: CE whisked me away on consoles back in 2001... And now 10 years later I've got myself a decent PC for Battlefield 3, and I don't really know what the procedure is for installing games on multiple desktops
I know the game has an Online Pass, but will it also have a CD-Key that prevents me from installing it on multiple PCs?
Summary: Will paying the $10 Online Pass fee allow me to install it on multiple computers, or will a CD key force me to buy 2 copies?
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2011 10:56:21 GMT -5 by acidsnow
no such thing as online passes for pc. what you do is this:
- you install origin, basicly something like steam. on origin, you have an account that is protected with a password. - when you buy and install a game, it is connected to your origin account. where ever you log in from, you can install the game and play. you can have it installed on as many machines as you want with one copy and no additional cost.
if you go to a buddies house, log into origin there and download and play the game, he will not be able to play your copy though, since that would require your password. if you have multiple pc's in your household you can install it on all of those, no problem. you probably won't be able to run it on more than one machine at the same time though. what you refered to as online pass is the key that is used to register and activate your game in origin. you can either install it form your dvd then, or download it.
i don't own sc2, so i'm not 100% sure..but it is a steam powered game, so, yeah, in all likelyhood, this is pretty much exactly how bf3 is going to work. just that you have another program instead of steam.
srsly? any sources for that? that would be even more restrictive than steam... i was under the impression that the key was use-once-only, but for origin, so the same install-and-play-anywhere-you-want system
Limited installs have been a pattern with EA releases in recent memory. The exception to this were the Steam based versions of games like Crysis 2, Mass Effect 2 and BC2--the disc based versions still relied on this system however.
I stand corrected though, if BC2 is any indication though, the number of installs will be around 10 not 3.