Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Mar 2011 13:19 UTC
Legal And so Sony's crusade against Playstation 3 hacker George "Geohot" Hotz continues. After Sony getting all of Geohot's computers and access to server logs and personal details from many of his websites and social media accounts, Sony has now been given access to Geohot's PayPal account, and all information within it - including of the people he has had financial dealings with.
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Oh well...
by Neolander on Thu 17th Mar 2011 20:11 UTC
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The console market has died with the appearance of current-gen consoles anyway. Consoles are now just limited PCs, and we're fighting to get to fully use them. The outcome of this case won't change a thing about this, which imo is a big problem.

This may sound like a troll, but think about it : what's the point of a video game console ? You buy it, you play with some wires, you plug it in, and it works. From that moment, you do not depend on the manufacturer in any way. You buy new or used games, put them in the drive, and they'll just work as advertised on the box. No need for internet connections and operating instructions, it's very fast to get into the game. Afterwards, you forget that the console is even there : what happens is something between you and the game.

Now, the Xbox 360 is among home devices the closest thing you'll find to an A380's turbin in terms of noise. One third of the initially shipped consoles failed in hardware in their first few months of service. Even on current-gen hardware, there still are some serious bugs left, like the need to eject and insert some perfectly fine discs several times before they works. On the PS3, you frequently have to suffer lengthy console updates if you want your games to work. On all modern consoles, you never jump straight in the game or movie, but must face beforehand a stupid menu which on previous consoles would only be displayed when the console started with no media inside. On the Xbox 360 and the PS3, it's particularly bad, because you also have to endure some more or less stupid and lengthy player setup process before you can play your game with several gamepads properly. All that to finally play games with endless load times, aliasing, and sometimes low framerates.

Having this in mind, it's logical that Hotz fights for the right to use a PS3 as the PC it is. The problem which Sony should face is that their console is just that : a limited PC with a gamepad attached to it. Not a true video game console anymore.

Edited 2011-03-17 20:15 UTC

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