Sony Exec Tells Frustrated PSP Users To Get Games Via BitTorrent

from the did-he-really-just-say-that? dept

Sony, as a company, has had something of a split personality on issues having to do with unauthorized file sharing. The content side of the business is obviously very much against it. But the consumer electronics side of the house recognizes how it can be quite beneficial towards raising the value of consumer electronics. Even so, it’s still a bit of a surprise to hear an exec basically tell fans to just download unauthorized content. Reader Yakko Warner points us to the news that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO David Reeves was telling frustrated PSP users in Australia and New Zealand that they’re going to have to keep waiting for games to show up there… or they can just download them off BitTorrent:

“You can wait for it and you can have it in good quality, you know you can get the stuff from Bittorrent if you want to and download PSP games, it’s up to you.”

One would imagine that the legal team at Sony isn’t exactly thrilled about the “it’s up to you” line at the end there.

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PaulT (profile) says:


Although Europe seems to be slightly better treated, it’s the same thing for many consoles. “Sorry we introduced region coding to stop you playing the game for the next year, we need that gap to translate the game into 6 languages you don’t speak”.

3 hints for Sony et al: It’s a global market that should not be artificially restricted. Let the customer choose. If import demand is high, you need to release the game into that region.

If they follow that set of rules, there are no problems – I don’t hear Nintendo complaining that a lack of region coding is killing DS sales…

Yakko Warner says:

Re: Re:

Perhaps, but how different is a torrented version from the real version?

Besides, when the options are 1) don’t play at all until they release it, or 2) play an unofficial, torrented copy until they release it, and then decide to upgrade to the “superior quality” release version when it finally comes…?

He doesn’t seem to be making a compelling case to wait; and one could very easily see this comment as encouraging *not* waiting, if not permanently then at least in the interim.

Spectere (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

As far as PSP games go, the torrented version differs from the real version in that you can actually get some semblance of battery life out of the PSP if you load games from a memory stick, rather than a puny 3-4 hours (which I usually get when I play UMD games from my phat PSP). Also, you can have multiple games with you without having to carry around a bunch of bulky cases. So, um, I guess in a way the torrented versions are superior to the retail ones.

That’s why the first thing I do when I buy a PSP game is rip the ISO. The PSP actually becomes a viable portable system when you do that. <_<

mcs says:

He is not endorsing pirating at all...

He was questioned about the lack of supply to New Zealand and the increase in pirating in those parts. He said those countries dont have a big enough demand to supply them right now. He said for them wait for quality content or keep pirating. I dont see what’s wrong. What would be the politically correct thing? You better wait Aussies, otherwise we will send the FBI over there and karate chop your PC. I mean seriously, if the demand isnt high enough to work on making them games, why would the pirating be bad enough for them to bust their butts on legal issues? For those saying that this statement would win them a court case…good luck bringing a knife to a gun fight.

anzac says:

region encoding has screwed us down here. The majority of people i know (late 20-30 somethings) will purchase music/dvds/games etc if they are on the shelf. BUT they will not accept a wait of 6-18 months for official distribution. if it is reviewed on the net but not on the shelf, torrent copies are eagerly seeked. This has had the effect of shortening delay times on US tv series lately as tv execs realised poor ratings were due to the fact that the audience had already seen the show by the time it was first run on TV & the same will hopefully happen with games etc. Now if only we can get an explaination as to why we pay a HUGE markup compared to the states?!?!?

Keill Randor says:


Well, to be honest, Sony has always been a ‘slightly’ schizophrenic company – with many arguments and battles between its consumer electronics and content producing sides – this just seems to be another gun-shot in the fight between the two… (I just wish the CE side would finally defeat the content side – that would help with all the copyright stuff too, but I don’t really see that happeneing any time soon (if ever)).

Anonymous Coward says:

Downloads usually inferior...

The torrent’d versions of games usually cut out the cut scenes, some dialog, back ground images in menus etc to get the file size down. You sometimes see 512M versions, 1G and ‘full size’ versions of the same game. If the cut scenes are important to the game, you miss a lot. I recall playing the 512M version of a game, and not having any clue what to do next as the instructions on where to go were in a cut scene! It was fun enough until that point that I bought the game anyway.

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