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Sony Patent Uncovered to Detect Pirated Software Tracking Load Times

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81w ago - Recently a Sony [Register or Login to view links] was uncovered which may be used to detect pirated software though tracking video game load times.

Below are the details, to quote: "Sony has filed a new patent which may be useful in combating piracy.

The patent was filed by them way back in August 2011, and according to it, if the load times are not within the range they have set, the software could be flagged.

For the tech to be effective, a standard average load time has to be set–specific or range–and if any software that exceeds the time set, it will be easy to block it. This way of blocking games is a little impractical because sometimes drives may not function as expected due to wear and tear.

You can check out the description of the patent below.

For example, if an authentic game title is distributed exclusively on BDs having a total benchmark load time of 45 seconds on a game console BD drive, the acceptable range of load times could be from 40 to 50 seconds. Thus, a total measured title load time of 4 seconds would be outside of the acceptable range of total load times for a legitimate media type.

Seek time: In another example, if an authentic game title is distributed exclusively on flash drives...
 

PS Vita System Software Update v2.05 Incoming, Details Available

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86w ago - Following up on PS Vita Firmware v2.02, today Sony has officially announced that PlayStation Vita System Software update v2.05 is incoming.

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While no official changelog is available yet, according to their announcement the update will offer users the following, to quote: "system software stability during use of some features has been improved."

It wouldn't surprise us if Sony blocked some of the more recent exploits in the update as well, however, it is currently unknown if this will be a mandatory PS Vita Firmware update or not but it should...
 

PS Vita System Software Update v2.02 Arrives, Details Available

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91w ago - Just a few weeks after their PS Vita Firmware v2.01 release, Sony has now updated the PlayStation Vita System Software to version 2.02.

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While there is no official changelog yet, below are some brief details from TerminalGamer.com (linked above) on PS Vita System Software Update v2.02, to quote:

"Possible fix for LittleBigPlanet Cross Controller issue.

Update: Still no connectivity between the PS3 and Vita with LBP2

Will update with more info as we test it out."

From wololo (via wololo.net/2012/12/19/psvita-ofw-2-02-out/): The PSVita OFW 2.02 has been released. As usual it is just 'minor bug...
 

PS Vita System Software Update v2.01 Arrives, Details Available

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93w ago - Following up on their previous revision, today Sony has updated PS Vita System Software to version 2.01 (mandatory) which they [Register or Login to view links] will remedy a bug in the automatic save upload cloud saving functionality that PlayStation Plus users experienced in v2.00.

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While there is no official changelog available yet, below are some details from PS Vita hacker wololo, as follows:

Sony has just started to roll out the newest firmware update for the Vita. The new 2.01 OFW update is live in most regions and along with it, the new 2.01 OFW update is mandatory, which is some what unexpected....
 

PS Vita System Software Update v2.00 Arrives, Details Available

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95w ago - Following up on the previous update and their initial announcement, Sony has officially released PS Vita System Software Update v2.00 today with details below.

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Alongside the addition of PlayStation Plus functionality, PS Vita Firmware 2.00 includes a quicker browser that can also be used in-game and a new e-mail application.

Below are some recent Tweets from Sony's Shuhei Yoshida (via twitter.com/yosp/status/270429820712783872), as follows:

One welcome change in tomorrow's PS Vita FW2.0 will be the web browser becomes a "small...
 
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