Sony is convinced. Piracy has been riding the PSP without putting more quarters in it. In an interview with Gamasutra, SCEA’s senior vice president of marketing Peter Dille explains how more than a year ago, developers were about to abandon the platform because piracy was such a huge concern.
Since then, we’ve been seeing more games that are appropriate for the platform and that according to Dille, is the method of increasing successful software sales on the PSP. However it doesn’t take away from the fact that piracy still continues. “It’s not good for us, but it’s not good for the development community. We can look at data from BitTorrent sites from the day Resistance: Retribution goes on sale and see how many copies are being downloaded illegally, and it’s frankly sickening. We are spending a lot of time talking about how we can deal with that problem.”
Speculation has led some to believe that the upgrades Sony has brought to the PSP have also been designed to combat pirated material. Regardless it still leaves millions of older versions of the portable platform, which doesn’t solve the problem. Dille mentions that Sony is attempting a “multi-pronged approach” in explaining to owners that piracy is a threat to the prosperity of the platform.