Could piracy play a part in the PS3’s lackluster console sales?

So far, almost a year from launch, the PS3 has yet to have been cracked. There is no way to play pirated games on the console yet, its not possible to download games to the PS3 hard drive and run them, nor is it possible to boot burned Blu Ray games. This is quite an amazing feat that Sony has pulled off, new video consoles are usually cracked within weeks of launch. Piracy costs the industry more then $10 billion a year, and many developers are pleased with Sony’s efforts to keep the PS3 crack free.

However, if there is one thing that piracy does for consoles, it drives hardware sales. This is especially evident in countries where legitimate games are hard to come by, or, due to taxes and importation laws, extremely expensive. Look at handheld consoles, for example. They are extremely easy to play pirated games on. The DS simply requires a flash cart. The PSP, a simple downgrade to the firmware. Currently, the DS and PSP are Sony and Nintendos lead systems, the DS selling in excess of 40 million units. Look at a DS or PSP message board – I guarantee half the topics will be in regards to pirating games, that is, unless the topic is specifically banned.

Take a look at consoles as well. The Sega Dreamcast has been the easiest system to pirate games for thus far, and sold 10 million units in its brief one and a half of (glorious)life. The PS2 has become easier and easier to pirate games for as well. You don’t even need to open the console to play pirate games, and a new memory card exploit is promising the ability to easily run burned games from a memory card application. Even in this next generation, piracy runs rampant. There are several mod chips available for the Wii, and its speculated that Nintendo can’t even detect the mod chips on the Wii. There are also various ways to mod a 360, though Microsoft can detect some mods of the XBox 360.

And then theres the PS3. No way to load games from the hard drive. Blu Ray burners cost $1000 or more, and the Blu Ray discs themselves cost about 1/3 the price of a game. One bad burn or bad rip, and you might as well have bought the game. So now, has Sony done themselves a favor by making the PS3 so hard to hack? Or is that what has caused the PS3 to have such lacking sales numbers? Its a question that may not be answered until it finally is cracked.

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~ by exgn on August 29, 2007.

6 Responses to “Could piracy play a part in the PS3’s lackluster console sales?”

  1. This is i believe, true. If PS3 was cracked, id buy it instead of the 360. In my country, original games are too expensive for most people. So the gamers usually buy pirated games or download them off the internet. Now, if we had the finances, we’d buy original games (i know i would), but we cant.

  2. So what you’re saying is people who wouldn’t buy very many games (because they can steal them) are the reason PS3’s sales of PS3s and games are low?

    The problem that no one wants to talk about (which was the same one XBOX uno had) was that the PS3 games are lame. I have a PS3 and there is nothing I am looking forward to.

  3. I just wanted to add something, I DO belive that piracy is a huge reason why PS3 hardware sales are down.

  4. sad but true though.. piracy indirectly help boost consoles sales.. but i still think that sony should be protecting game makers rather than increasing their sales..

  5. WHO DOES NOT WANT TO GO TO A GAME STORE AND BUY AN ORIGINAL GAMES ? WE ALL DO , BUT WE CAN NOT AFFORED IT , AND I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE CITIZENS OF USA AND EUROPE OR THE LITTLE LEFT COUNTRIES WITH HIGH SALARY THAT CAN AFFORD TO BUY ORIGINAL GAMES (THEY SHOULD ) I AM TALKING ABOUT COUNTRIES WHERE THE MINIMUM WAGES IS 300 $ AND GAMES COST IS 40 $ TO 70$.
    MAYBE SONY AND GAMES DEVELOPER CAN MAKE A SPECIAL VERSION (EDITION) FOR NON EUROPEAN AND USA MARKET WITH SPECIAL PRICE .
    HOPEFULLY THEN I CAN BUY A PS3 AND ORIGINAL GAMES .

  6. The PS3 would be cracked soon. It would be highly beneficial for the Console as well as for game developer. The volumes of sale of original games would go up because those who buy original or can afford original would always buy original but the popularity of particular games which will rise because more people would be able to play it, would be benefit to all. How did GTA-San Aderas became so famous-is it because of the original game? or becuase of the hot coffee addition? Did Rockstar, the developer of the game made loss on that?

    So buddy, this is economics-every body has their place in the system. When you talk about ethics-GIVE ME A BREAK. Sony needs to talk about its corporate social responsibility, about fair price for a product particularly for the developing countries, about the E-Waste, climate change and then get back into the issue of “ETHICS”.

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