Video game piracy. It’s one of the oldest and ugliest parts of the industry that just never seems to go away. No matter how advanced the hardware and the software that runs it, you can bet that sooner or later such machines and games will be hacked, allowing the scurvier side of the industry to get away with blatant theft. But with the current generation of gaming, that has yet to happen.
It’s been close to a year since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was released.A year that has had zero cracks and hacks so far. Oh sure, there have been many claims so far that these consoles can be booted up with a pirate option. But none of them have panned out exactly. This is in stark contrast to the previous generation, that was quickly beset by pirates.
The Xbox 360 suffered from this problem with the notorious firmware flash, wherein the console disc-drive’s software was replaced and to make the platform run hastily-burnt dual-layer DVDs of illicit game ISO files. Later, a Jtag hack cracked it open even wider. The PlayStation 3 also had a system in place, with various fixes debuting to make that console capable of sailing the pirate seas.
But take a look at torrent websites, and try finding such files. Good bloody luck, because you won’t be downloading Sunset Overdrive or DriveClub overnight without going through an actual storefront to do so. Ripped games are essentially non-existent right now. And I dig that. I get that dropping several hundred bucks on a game only to be disappointed, sucks. It truly does. But at the same time, I don’t like hurting the industry.
We can debate this all day, but the truth is, piracy is a crime. Plain and simple, with morality not having a say in this. I don’t know for how long we’ll see the current crop of consoles remain buccaneer free, but I’m hoping that it’s a long time.
Last Updated: November 10, 2014