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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    Nathan, 7 Jun 2005 @ 11:58am

    One Great Example

    You'd think a company like Sony would sit back and look at some other examples of how letting the user community run with your offerings is a great way to make money and extend the shelf life of the product FAR beyond what anyone imagined.

    A perfect real-world example of this would be Valve's behavior with respect to Half Life. They released SDKs and fostered a sense of community which kept the original Half Life selling like crazy, far beyond what the market would normally bear...

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