While many argue that the homebrew community offers PSP owners a wealth of content that doesn't hurt games developers, Sony would disagree
. The staggering amount of piracy on the system has created a situation where even cheap, high-profile games like Patapon
are downloaded illegally far more
than actually purchased. In spite of terrific hardware sales, software simply hasn't performed well, especially outside of Japan. With developers and publishers reluctant to create new content on a system that never breaks NPD's software top 10 charts, Sony had to change something ... and fast.
Kris Erickson of PSP World
postulates that the speed in which Sony has upgraded its PSP hardware from the popular PSP-2000 series may be indicative of a new plan to combat piracy and homebrew. While the brighter screen
is appreciated, it seems like too little to warrant yet another reboot of the hardware -- that is, unless something internal has changed. The new PSP-Brite system may have better hardware measures against piracy -- a direction foretold by SCEE boss David Reeves
not too long ago.
However, the incredibly dedicated homebrew community -- whether or not they understand their responsibility
in creating the current drought of PSP games -- will undeniably continue to hack the new PSP to find new exploits. Unfortunately for Sony, backwards compatability with old PSP firmware and software will continue to work as a Trojan horse against the company.