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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    David Trammell, 9 Jun 2005 @ 12:33pm

    Re: Can't play new games

    I didn't say hacked PSP = no game sales. I said hacked PSP = less game/movie/whatever sales due to "other" uses, and (eventually? certainly potentially) piracy.

    And I'd like to remind you that anyone with a hacked PSP can load the new games, as long as they're willing to give up their backdoor. Obviously this is going to upset folks that have already started discovering new uses for their PSPs, but we all know Sony cares less about that then it does about reaffirming that they won't sell games to an unprotected device. This should surprise nobody, given Sony's history with proprietary technology. I would fully expect them to fight this tooth and nail.

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