Piracy Protection is Why PSPgo's Battery Isn't Removable

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In reconfiguring their portable, Sony paid attention. Pandora's Battery made modding the PSP firmware, and thus software piracy, very easy. SCEA's John Koller said the PSPgo's battery was made internal-only for just that reason.

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"You won't be able to rip your games and play them on the [PSPgo] system, the firmware precludes that," Koller told PlayStation Insider. "There's no external battery, so there's a number of protections put into place on the system."

The drawback? When that battery starts to go, you can't swap it yourself. Back it goes to Sony for replacement, at a fee if it's out of warranty.

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Why You Can't Remove the Battery from the PSPgo [PlayStation Insider]

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Wait, what?! I didn't knew about this battery issue... So, if I'm going in a long trip, I can't have a spare battery for when the main one goes down? Nice move Sony!

So, no UMD drive, no battery, smaller screen... What's next? No PSX game support? Online activation every time you launch a game? (Oops, I should't have said that out loud!)

How long will it take for the universe to notice that those invasive, anti-piracy measures only harm the non-pirate gamers? For the hackers these practices are like "more challenge? more fun!", and it'll only be a matter of time before they find another flaw, exploit it, and pirate the console to hell and back.

Way to go sony! Way to go... Sigh.