297w ago - A French software company known as PointDev is claiming €300,000 (over $475,000) in damages in its suit against Sony BMG.
The suit comes following a call from a Sony BMG employee to PointDev for support who gave them a pirated license code for one of their products. A raid followed which revealed that pirated software was installed on four of Sony BMG's servers and it is believed that up to 47 percent of the software on Sony BMG's computers could be pirated.
To quote: PointDev, a French software company that makes Windows administration tools, received a call from a Sony BMG IT employee for support. After Sony BMG supplied a pirated license code for Ideal Migration, one of PointDev's products, the software maker was able to mandate a seizure of Sony BMG's assets.
The subsequent raid revealed that software was illegally installed on four of Sony BMG's servers. The Business Software Alliance, however, believes that up to 47 percent of the software installed on Sony BMG's computers could be pirated.
These are some pretty serious –not to mention ironic- allegations against a company that's gone so far as to install malware on consumers' computers in the name of preventing piracy.
297w ago - SCEA has confirmed that there will be no changes to the PlayStation Store as part of its revamp in relation to region locking.
So just like before, users with a number of accounts relating to different regions will not be locked out of those PlayStation stores.
To quote: With the new PlayStation Store moving to a native XMB application and away from a web-based system, many have questioned if Sony would take the opportunity to region lock the store. So we passed along the question.
The Official answer, thankfully, is no. Our friendly SCEA rep "confirmed that no changes to the store will be made as part of this revamp relating to region locking".
So like before, those users with multiple master accounts corresponding to different regions will indeed not be locked out of those PlayStation Stores.
297w ago - SCEE refused to be drawn on details of Firmware 2.30 this morning, following yesterday's confirmation that the PS3 software update would be needed to use the new version of PlayStation Store, to be released in mid-April in both the US and Europe.
To quote: We have made no official announcement of the details of Firmware 2.30 or exactly how the new Store will be deployed, a rep stated.
If the information released yesterday was correct, there should be a full Firmware release in the next two weeks, straight off the back of 2.20, which added BD-Live functionality only last week. Time will tell for sure...
298w ago - SCEA's Scott Steinberg tells GameDaily BIZ that only a very small percentage of gamers will even buy the episodic content for which MS "spent the GNP of several small Latin American countries."
In an exclusive interview to be published in the next few days on GameDaily BIZ, Scott Steinberg, VP of Product Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, has commented on Microsoft's exclusive episodic content for Rockstar's much anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV.
The GTA franchise historically has always been associated with Sony's PlayStation, but this time not only is the latest GTA not exclusive, but Sony failed to secure a deal for any exclusive episodic content on PS3. If you ask Steinberg, however, none of that ultimately matters to the average consumer.
"[Microsoft] spent the GNP of several small Latin American countries to get that [content], and if you've ever played San Andreas...there's a lot of game to Grand Theft Auto and there's going to be a lot of game to Grand Theft Auto IV to the point where I think most people will have that Grand Theft Auto experience on the PS3, day and date, same core game shipping on the 360. Perhaps they'll be shipping some episodic content in the fall, but there is a whole lot of product shipping on the PS3 in April and I personally don't think...
298w ago - Following confirmation from SCEA director of product development John Hight that the PlayStation Store would receive a visual revamp in April, Sony today updated the store with a fairly large banner advertising that a "Great new look is coming soon."
We already knew that, but further confirmation is always welcome.
Yet to be revealed, the new design is said to sport a sleek, clean look with simplified navigation that will make the store easier to browse and find the items you're looking for.