Sony Promising To Make Pirates Walk The Plank

February 24, 2010 Written by Paulmichael Contreras

Yes, Sony makes swords now!

The PlayStation Portable has undergone a number of transformations, but the elephant in the room has always been the platform’s piracy levels. Sony is hoping to change things up.

SOCOM: FTB3 has interesting anti-piracy measures.

SCEA Senior Vice President of Public Relations Rob Dyer recently stated:

“I think we had a great lineup last year. The biggest problem that plagued PSP was piracy; we have not been able to slow that down. We think we have some answers going forward, but we’re not ready to talk about that publicly at this point. So we’re working on fixing that, because that’s been a big problem. Publishers, when they put out good games, are not getting the same sales results that they got a few years back. So piracy’s been a big issue and we’re working on that very diligently to bring about some solutions”

One of the ways we have already seen this in action is with the recently-shipped SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 that requires people to pay for the online component of the game if they bought it used/stole it. So the answer may be in the software/PSN instead of in a redesign of the motherboard. With the latest PSP2 rumors, the real test for Sony will be in the next generation of handheld consoles.