I'm suggesting that when dealing with an MMO where a server authenticates accounts, that the DRM is not important. Just because the DRM has changed from 10 years ago should make little difference in how SE handles everything. It doesn't matter how much you pirate all this software, if you don't have a registration code you cannot use the game. They could have easily done this with FFXI, but did not.
I'm not saying that what I'm suggesting is 100% true, I could be wrong, just that it not baseless and is a logical conclusion given all the information we have at hand.
Since you are already getting the PS3 version to start with, what do you have to lose to try and find a PC copy and install it, log in with your account?
For the record, your failing to account for the fact that every single beta code gave access to the PS3 version and PC version simultaneously.
Yes, because all the codes do is enable the FFXIV service for your SE Account. I'm not failing to account for that fact, I'm basing my statements on that fact, and the fact that it's exactly how it worked for the FFXI system as well. Edited, Aug 2nd 2013 3:02pm by TirithRR
Except we know for a fact that the system is not just
checking if you have a service account with an active sub, it's checking what system you are logging in from, and then (in the case of the PS3), if that Sony account is registered to your FFXIV account. You can't just add PS3 access and log in from any PS3.
But you still access the same service. Someone who registered with a PC code CANNOT access the service from a PS3 without registering PS3 access. They clearly, then, do not just check against your account.
Furthermore, you can't access the game from just any PS3. You have to access it from a device associated with a Sony account that's connected to your FFXIV account. This tells us that the system is, in at least some cases, checking against additional criteria beyond the status of the individual account. And that criteria IS DRM-specific.
This tells us that the way the FFXIV service account works is not the same
as the way a FFXI service account works, in general. An inference from similarity here will be logically invalid.
Is it possible they, through the goodness of their hearts, decided to give PS3 users access to the PC version even though they're requiring PC players to buy access to the PS3 version? Yes, it's possible.
It would also be shocking