Sony's Anti-Piracy Strategy That Works

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I came across a really interesting article today, which you can follow by clicking the source link at the bottom of the article, that basically explains how to defeat piracy, Sony have not taken technological steps, but played on human nature instead.

The article is obviously right in it’s argument, mostly because the PS3 has yet to have any sort of issues with piracy at all. Sony are really feeling the sting of piracy with the PSP, so this is definitely a breath of fresh air for them.

The things is, that I don’t fully believe that most of it is was intentional, but was rather just a byproduct of certain decisions made by Sony when designing the PS3. Here are the three main points that the article makes:

People are cheapskates: This may seem crazy but it actually makes sense if you think about it. If you attempt to mod your PS3 and it screws it up you are deeply out of pocket, therefore, many are not prepared to take the risk. Maybe there was method in Sony’s ‘madness’ with their pricing, many believe that the PS3 was overpriced but if this is the result I doubt very much that Sony are crying about it.

People want what they can’t have: Games on PS3 are region free. This means that the situation where people can’t play a game because it is only released in Japan does not occur. People are contrary creatures and if they are told they cannot have something many of them are bound to want to desperately, enough even to risk ruining their console to get it. Once they have modified their machine the flood gate ares open.

People have no patience: the much maligned, in some circles,blue ray also has a hand in why piracy is so far giving the PS3 such a big swerve. The huge size of the files means that it would take someone days to download potentially, well a very long time, anyway. People cannot be bothered. Time is money after all so most folk would rather just got out and buy the game.

Do you think they make any good points?

At the moment, I truly just believe that the PS3 has not yet been affected because of the size of Blu Ray discs, but that doesn’t mean that it will remain that way forever. One must also remember that the PS3 comes standard with a pretty large drive, which means that if people do find a way in ala PSP, there is going to be lovely and large amounts of disk space to dump the images onto, so let’s hope it never comes to that.

Source: Top PS3 Games

Last Updated: May 20, 2009

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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