Sony Repeats Aibo Mistakes With The PSP

from the the-importance-of-the-developer-ecosystem... dept

Ah, Sony. They tell us they had learned from the past and yet they keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Remember in 2001, when people were getting a huge kick out of hacking their Aibo robotic dogs? They made them dance and do all sorts of neat tricks. It really made the Aibos a lot more interesting and worth having, and was a great value-added offering for Sony -- which Sony had to spend exactly nothing on to have. Yet, Sony, in their short-sightedness squashed the hackers with DMCA claims, turning the Aibo into just another boring robotic dog. So, now that the PSP gaming device is out -- and doing quite well, indeed -- some developers have been out there hacking the device as much as possible to let it do much more than Sony originally intended. Does Sony encourage them, knowing that it will make the device even more valuable? Nope. They upgrade the firmware to block out these hacks, and then try to force users who want to play new games to upgrade the firmware specifically to block out these hacks. Apparently, Sony hasn't realized that by creating a platform and letting the enthusiast community make it more valuable for free, they'd be in a position to sell even more of the devices.

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    Mike (profile), 8 Jun 2005 @ 9:31am

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    You assume, falsely, that a hacked PSP will never sell games. That's not necessarily true at all. People like the PSP for everything it can do, including playing games... you'll notice from the article what upsets so many of these people with the hacked PSPs is they CAN'T load the new, legally purchased, games, because it forces them to upgrade the firmware.

    So, the basis of your explanation doesn't hold... Making the device more valuable should help them sell more, no matter what people are using it for, and that's an opportunity.

    I agree that you're probably right in what Sony's thinking -- but it's likely to do more damage to them.

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