Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:52 UTC
Games I've often harped on Apple for its policy regarding jailbreaking, but of course, Apple isn't the only company engaging in such practices. We already talked about Motorola, and now, we have Sony - already a company with a checkered past when it comes to consumer rights. As it turns out, Sony don't want you jailbreaking your their Playstation 3.
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by Drumhellar on Wed 8th Sep 2010 06:54 UTC
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Am I the only one that agrees with Sony doing this?

Granted, people should be allowed to install their own software on a PS3 (Or XBox, or whatever), but the primary purpose of jailbreaking a console is to pirate games, and people that say there is a significant number of people who want homebrew and not piracy are deluding themselves.

Remember a year ago when Microsoft banned more than 600,000 users from XBox Live? Those were primarily people stupid enough to play ModernWarfare 2 prior to launch.

Piracy is big business, and interest in piracy far outweighs interest in homebrew. Software sales are much more important to consoles than desktops, as they generally subsidize hardware. If Sony wanted to break even on PS3 consoles when it launched, they would have had to charge close to $1,000. It was an incredibly expensive system to produce.

Comparisons to XNA Creator's Club don't fit well for the PS3. Microsoft isn't using XNA to sell XBoxes. They are using it to sell Windows and the .Net platform.

EDIT: Let me just add that I have only owned two Sony systems: A PS1 I bought for $5 a couple years ago so I could play the Final Fantasy games, and a PSP which I got for cheap, but traded for an NES, SNES, and another N64 + games for all.

Edited 2010-09-08 06:59 UTC

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