October 22nd, 2010 - Ryan
It was just brought to our attention that a certain big named retailer has recalled Shaun White Skateboarding. Why is this a big deal?
It’s not, but the fact that only the PS3 version was recalled is. This raises some eye brows and begs the question: “is this a bad time to be a PS3 owner, or is Sony doing ‘damage control’ in order to prevent piracy?” In a somewhat similar story, Gran Turismo 5 was delayed. Allegedly Sony stopped the presses on GT5 because of an old, “hacked” version of the firmware was present on the disc, or the game was built around it. This kind of a mistake could easily lead to back doors through games into the PS3’s firmware, much like what happened with the PSP. You may remember the Wipeout Browser Hack, GTA Liberty City Stories Save File Hack, and the Lumines Save File Hack.
One could say this is more conspiracy then evidence. At the same time, with a game published buy a third party developer for multiple systems, why would only one of these identical games get pulled? With all that said, it’s very clear that Sony has learned a lot from its “epic” war over the PSP firmware. One thing is for sure, if Sony has learned anything important from the PSP, it’s that when a game ships with a loop hole in the system firmware, it becomes almost impossible to stop it from spreading like wild fire. I’m sure there are a couple of you out there that are disappointed with the delay of Shaun White, but the bigger picture here is, how far will Sony go to protect the PS3’s firmware integrity?