Why is Sony locking the PS3

Sony locks out Playstation 3 pirates

Panagiotis Kolokythas

Sony reacted to the bypassing of the copy protection mechanism in the Playstation 3. In an official statement, Sony declares that it wants to exclude the pirates from the Playstation Network.

At the beginning of January, hackers succeeded in cracking the last security barrier of the Playstation 3, container_id link 1432119, in order to allow applications not authorized by Sony to run on the game console. Ultimately, this also makes it possible to play pirated copies on the console.

Recently, unauthorized copy protection bypass devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been introduced by hackers. These devices allow the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices is in violation of the PlayStation 3 System System Software License Agreement, the PlayStation Network / Qriocity Terms of Use and End User Agreement, and the Community Code of Conduct. Violation of the system software license agreement for the PlayStation 3 system will void the user warranty. Furthermore, copying or using pirated software violates international copyright laws. Users using copy protection bypass devices or unauthorized or pirated software will be permanently prohibited from accessing PlayStation Network and the Qriocity services through the PlayStation 3 system. To avoid this, users must immediately stop using and remove such copy protection bypass devices and delete unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.

The short summary: Anyone who manipulates his Playstation 3 will be denied access to the Playstation Network online service. This ensures at least once that the pirates cannot compete against honest Playstation 3 owners with manipulated games. Updates and demos are also no longer so easy to obtain.

However, the measure should hardly impress Playstation 3 pirates who can do without the console's online mode. So it is much more important which measures Sony plans in the long term.