GamerZines writes: It would seem that piracy, which has plagued the PlayStation Portable since it launched, is still being viewed as the nail in the coffin for Sony's handheld platform.
Can't the same be said about the PC platform? :p
Well hopefully the PSP2 will be as difficult as the PS3 to pirate.
loll have u been liveing under a rock? once they knew how to do it everyone was hacking the ps3 PS jailbreak wasn't the only one so hopefully not
. I mean, how long the 3DS would be safe from piracy?
@xYleinen The PC gaming Platform is huge 232million Gaming capable PCs as of last year, even a small percentage pirating can mean a huge loss to the Industry, opposite applies when even a small percent is buying. The recent trend of MP gaming has ensured people have to be online to play. PC gamers now log on to platforms like Steam, Battlenet which ensures piracy is controlled. Further more PC gaming software sales last year were at 13.1 Billion USD, Which is more then all the consoles Combined. Steam reported 200% software sales growth (while console software sales actually dipped). Just as of last week Steam alone had nearly 3 million Users online at one time (which easily competes with PSN or XBL), this figure was in the low 2millions at the start of this year. It would be very difficult for a Publisher to ignore the PC gaming market when its growing at such a good pace and has booming software sales, just like it would be difficult for them to ignore any particular console. PSP on the otherhand is struggling at the moment when it comes to software sales, hence isnt seeing much support.
"PC gamers now log on to platforms like Steam, Battlenet which ensures piracy is controlled. " But every steam game has been pirated, every propriety online service has been emulated and SC2 is being played on pirate servers as we speak :S THERE IS NO WAY TO STOP PIRACY. I just wish publishers would learn this and instead cater to the actual customer and cut the DRM B.S. The DSi will have an always on connection to stop piracy, but it, like every other method will be circumvented, a simple chip will be sold ( or the files downloaded ) that people will be able to use to access the bios, and disable that feature, then just like always people will download the games onto an SD card and play for free... Publishers pay money to make DRM, hackers do it for fun and for free, the publishers can never win. P.S disagree is not from me.
The only reason the PS3 has been "hacked" is because some moron/criminal leaked official Sony software, which was then cloned and distributed. Not much of a "hack" really... More like a farce.
well, PSjailbreak has been patched. If you want to play new games or go online, you'll have to update the firmware, stopping all forms of the jailbreak PSP piracy has made a huge dent in sales. both ways. High hardware, low software. :| I remember seeing a games sale stats(i think it was dissida). the amount of pirated downloads outnumbered the actual sales by 7:1 --- Oddly none of this translates to the japanese market. the handhelds are kings there. PSP (hardware AND software) are selling great there. It's actually a smart idea to develop for PSP if you're a japanese company. Sony studios and japanese devs are whats keeping the PSP alive at the moment.
u still can play new games fyi
@1.1.7 Yes you can by exchanging some parts and patching the game, but this method only works until Sony changes any kind of install key or something in the update ( don't ask me what it is exactly, but I read a comment of a Ps3 hacker who said the current method is only temporary, and won't work with the next update). If they manage to hack the Ps3 in the meantime, than it's a different story. PS: sorry for the grammer :)
But at least the PC has worthwhile games that are not ports of PS2 games
instead most of them are ports of PS3 & 360 games
The PC has the same problem so does every version of xbox. So what's their point? I mean sure it's just come to PS3 but newer games so far don't work thanks to new encrypted keys and probably won't work so most future ps3 games won't work on modded ps3's. Whereas they can't stop it with 360 other than ban your online.. Which they fail at banning most of the pirates. As with PC well... There's tons of piracy groups out there cracking games it's unreal.
Someone could say the same about the PC, or the 360, or even the Wii.
tell that to publishers who every month are making and localiing psp games babies
Agreed there is no way to stop Piracy. Personally DRM from steam is light and almost to the point where i feel its not there, the offline mode is very helpful. I agree Publishers need to learn DRM will only annoy the genuine customer. They should insead focus on making good games and it will sell. @below Hell ya Steam while being a DRM is an awesome service. Specially the Steam Cloud. I was traveling the last few weeks, I had an unfinished Civilization 5 game on my Desktop PC which was saved on Steam Cloud. I traveled to the UK(had my Laptop with me), Could continue my game. Its the sort of service which easily makes me overlook the fact Steam is a DRM.
Gabe hates DRM, he believes providing a service you can only get from buying the product is the best option. And it works, 3m average online on Steam
It's sad. I love my psp and i buy games for it.
erm, i dont think so. I got one because you could hack it, and I still got rid of it within 6mths because its cack to use and the games/graphics just arent very good.
The Japanese PSP software sales laugh at this article.
Stop charging top whack for crap product, and stop charging people for a game and then hold back or charge them again for `DLC`!. The PC has had extra DLC for over a decade! and we have never been charged for it! which i think makes PC gamers some of the most fiercly loyal gamers to any format up until now. I realised the golden days where over when Steam took me up the backdoors after i bought Left4dead, then couldnt sell it on when Left4dead2 came out, which should never have been a stand alone sequel anyway, and I cant sell that on either. BS
Amen, L4D didn't even have offline VS mode, this from the creators of counterstrike which had an awesome bot mode... Games have also gone from 20hr campaign, offline MP + online MP, mods and WORKING GAMES ON LAUNCH DAY. To >8hr campaign, online only MP, broken launches, and no mods + DRM Gee, I wonder why people pirate games :S
Exactly!. these days you pay for games which give you only a few of game play ! MW2 was a disgrace! i blinked and id finished the game!. Then they try and act like they are doing you a favour with DLC on consoles, being a hardcore PC gamer I recently bought an xbox to play 3rd person games like Assassin Creed2, batman etc coz i thought it would be nice to play on the Plasma for a change. great games but again the few hours gameplay ive had out of them for what i paid is pathetic!. You wouldnt pay £50 for a Kettle and just expect it to make 100 cups of tea!! I bought COd4 for my PC back in what 2007! and Im still playing as much to this day and I get to play on dedicated and modded servers with all new maps, and if they hadnt srewed MW2 up so badly for the PC gamer I would of remained a loyal COD buyer as i felt I always got my pence worth. I didnt buy MW2 and im not buying Black Ops
First of all, people making up excuses as to why they pirate games? wtf? There is no excuse, if you don't like the rules/prices/etc tough sh1t. Like the 360 copies and the user gets banned then spits the bottom lip...ahhh diddums. Funny isnt it, they pirate games then wonder why no new ones come out... Each to their own though as I know I'm guaranteed some disagrees based on that view. To those over the legal age of drinking. Do you complain when p1ssing £30-40 up the wall? Yet games arent worth it?
well id guess that an average persons SAt night out if it cost them £40 for the night and they started out at lets say 7pm, they would for that money get a good 7hrs play-time and maybe pick up a skanky drunk fat bird, which is a good few hours more than you get out of most new game titles and they wont even give you as much as a hand-job!
Developing games for the PSP makes sense... IN JAPAN.
Indeed. They sell like crazy there.
I love psp games keep them coming I say.
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