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Sony on Combating Piracy with PS Vita Proprietary Game Cards


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136w ago - Today Scott Rhodes of Sony Worldwide Operations was asked in an interview with [Register or Login to view links] how they are combating piracy on the PS Vita platform, who responded that proprietary PlayStation Vita Game Cards are currently being used.

Below is an excerpt from the interview with the details, to quote: "Sony's been very, very open about the fact that piracy really hurt the PSP, so I was wondering if you could dive into a little bit about the efforts you've put into preventing that this time.

SR: That was front and center in the early specs of this machine. We needed to have something that would combat piracy from day one, and that's why the cards that you can purchase for the games are in their own proprietary format.

And these days, so many people say the word "proprietary" is a bad word, but it's something that we felt was completely necessary to make sure that people could not pirate these games. I mean, it's a custom security solution on each one of these cartridges. That is something that we are confident will protect us from piracy for the long term."




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1Panic's Avatar
#19 - 1Panic - 136w ago
Well this isn't good at all. Guess I won't be getting a Vita ever then. Because I'll be damned if I'm gonna pay for a port of a ps3 game.
But since the games are actually on "SD cards" last time I checked you can TRANSFER files off a SD card easily. lol

Bartholomy's Avatar
#18 - Bartholomy - 136w ago
Deffo true (And thanks god, or with my children i was poor now haha , what an amazing console)

But not in japan. (Except rare cases) DS or psp, everyone use original cartridge, on the train. Proud of it too..

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#17 - HeyManHRU - 136w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Tidusnake666 View Post
Cartridges to fight piracy? You may ask Nintendo how this is all good, seriously.


100% agree, the DS was probably the console that was hurt the most by Piracy. Everyone I know who has a DS, has an R4 to play roms. I'm starting to think this Scott Rhodes has a memory of 5 minutes, lol.

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#16 - popshopadop - 136w ago
there is a reason why their stuff is getting hacked so easily now. they don't change a thing. look at the umd, that was proprietary. the guy getting interviewed should look up the word proprietary. it means that the only certain people will have access to how everything works. $ony did proprietary (again) stuff so they can make more money.

$100 for a 32 GB memory card? the one in my phone cost one third of that and still has a 10 on transfer speed. i can't believe this guy is $ony's spokesperson. they may be a business but they need repeat customers. i want stuff i can hack not something i have to invest more than my house.

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#15 - properBo - 136w ago
not to mention that in typical PSN (SEN) fashion, a demo is the size of the full game in most cases. Which is fine if you decide to buy it, but a nightmare if you just want to try it. A few of those will fill a card real fast.

After getting a 30 mb update for hotshots, uncharted demo (not full size, 8xxmb/3.xxgb), rayman demo (full 1.5xgb), the 3 a.r. apps, and netflix the 4gb card is nearly full.

If they ever do map packs as dlc for the future killzone or COD titles, the 4gb will be obsolete. I mean I remember when a 512mb card for psp was more than enough, then cut to Metal Gear or some such game that were nearly 2 gigs

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