The Fall of The PSP In America Due To Piracy, Says Sony

The PSP may rule the roost in Japan, but in the U.S. of A., it's enjoying a less comfortable last place spot, selling but a fraction of its direct competitor. Why the drop off and what's Sony doing about it?


Sony's Rob Dyer tells Gamasutra that rampant piracy of PlayStation Portable games is the system's "biggest problem, no question about it." Dyer says that the PSP maker has a plan to combat that, that it "will be able to, not stop, but slow down the piracy in the first 30 to 60 days from a tech perspective."

"There's some code that you can embed that we've been helping developers implement in order to get people at least to see a 60-day shelf life before it gets hacked and it shows up on BitTorrent," Dyer tells Gamasutra.

He's also "not going to bullshit you" that the PSP hasn't had the greatest line-up recently, but that "huge titles" are in the works and will be on hand for E3. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Resident Evil Portable and Toy Story 3 are just a few of the bigger games hinted at in the in-depth, worth-a-read interview.

The Sony Situation: SCEA's Rob Dyer Speaks [Gamasutra]

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