Sony on Combating Piracy with PS Vita Proprietary Game Cards

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112w ago - Today Scott Rhodes of Sony Worldwide Operations was asked in an interview with GamaSutra.com 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."


 

Square Enix Announces Scarygirl is Scaring Her Way Onto PSN

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117w ago - Square Enix Product Manager Charles McCarter has announced today that Scarygirl is scaring her way onto PlayStation Network.

To quote: Hello PSN players! I hope that the season has been kind to you. While we're still in the tail-end of the Winter of RPGs, I'm here to share something completely different with you!

I'd like to introduce you to the newest female hero to join the Square Enix family. She's an unlikely heroine, but she's proven herself in her most recent adventure. I'm talking, of course, about Scarygirl.

But who is Scarygirl? That's a question she herself has been striving to answer. She washed ashore on an island, and was taken in by a friendly octopus named Blister.

Scarygirl knew that she was different--after all, she has one arm that's a tentacle, one arm that's a bone, and a really cool eyepatch.

Her problems started when she began having nightmares about a mysterious man. When Blister was unable to help her, he sent Scarygirl to the wise- if cryptic--Bunniguru. And, after speaking to him, she set out on a journey to discover the mystery of the man behind her nightmares.

A lot of enemies stand in her way, so she's going to have to do some fighting. But her unique arm allows her to do some rather unique attacks. Scarygirl can bash,...
 

New Gran Turismo 5 PS3 DLC Incoming: Car Pack 3 & Speed Test

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118w ago - Sony Associate Product Marketing Manager Brian Dunn has announced today that new Gran Turismo 5 PS3 DLC is incoming this Tuesday, and will include Car Pack 3 alongside a Speed Test Course with details below!

To quote: Hey, GT fans! I'm happy to announce our third batch of premium downloadable content coming to Gran Turismo 5 next Tuesday, January 17, along with some updates to the game itself.

The first piece of content is Car Pack 3 for $5.99, featuring six new cars from both past and present.

Download Car Pack 3 to get your hands on Lamborghini's latest flagship model, the Aventador, along with the Jaguar XJR-9 LM racecar, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, the 66′ Volkswagen 1200, Mini Cooper S Countryman, and the new Nissan Leaf.

The second piece of new DLC is the Speed Test Course Pack featuring the Route X test course, which will be available for $3.99. If you caught the PDI-made promotional trailer for the new Acura NSX Concept vehicle (that's right, the NSX is back!!), you've already seen a sneak peek of this new track.

Route X is a massive oval with giant banking corners, allowing you to test your vehicles' maximum speed and performance, plus some beautiful vistas to rush by at 200mph. You'll be...
 

PS3 PKGView v1.2 Extractor Homebrew Application Update Arrives

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118w ago - Following up on my previous releases, today a new PS3 PKGView Extractor homebrew application version 1.2 update is available and has been fully tested by catalinnc.

Download: PS3 PKGView v1.2 Extractor

PKGView is a tool for extracting files from PS3 PKG. Tool is 100% legal it contains no code Sony. PKGView also has a graphical interface that simplifies the extraction of both individual files and the complete package.

PS3 PKGView v1.2 Extractor Homebrew Application Version 1.2 Changelog:

  • FIX: Still failing to extract large files.
  • FIX: Structure parsing issues.
  • FIX: Other extraction issues.
  • More descriptive extraction window.
  • Optimized extraction of retail pkg.
  • Now creates an extraction log.



 

Sony Confirms PS Vita PSN Accounts Linked to Memory Cards

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123w ago - Today Sony's associate brand marketing manager Crystal MacKenzie has confirmed that PS Vita PSN accounts are linked to the handheld's memory cards and not the device itself for those wondering.

Essentially this means those who like bringing their gamer profile and downloadable games over to a friends house to show them off will probably like the PlayStation Vita since the PSN accounts are bonded to the memory card they're downloaded to.

To quote from GameInformer.com (linked above): "Your PSN ID is bonded to your memory card and your memory card is bonded to your Vita," Sony associate brand marketing manager Crystal MacKenzie told Wired.

"So if you wanted to change different PSN users but use the same memory card, you would need to go factory reset."

So accessing your PSN account and games is as easy as swapping out the memory card they're installed on. Sounds simple enough. If you have too much media for one of Sony's spendy storage devices, you can have your PSN account linked to multiple memory cards.

One question I have is how often do you think you'll be swapping out memory...
 







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