Sony Removes PSP Games From Digital Store To Stop Homebrew

Sony Removes PSP Games From Digital Store To Stop Homebrew

With the release of the PS Vita (and its insultingly expensive memory sticks), Sony's made it their official mission to stop piracy once and for all. Unfortunately, that war is bound to have a few casualties, and at least two unrelated parties are suffering because of their latest move.

The PSP hackers at wololo.net identified a security hole in two downloadable PSP games (Motorstorm: Arctic Edge and Everybody's Tennis) this month that allowed them to load unsigned apps on the Vita, and now both games have been taken down from the PlayStation Store. Even customers who legitimately bought the games can't re-download them. So that means paying customers can potentially lose access to the titles they legally paid for.

Sony's yet to comment on that particular problem, but they're less sympathetic to the homebrew community, who for the most part simply want to use this awesome new hardware to do awesome things. Like play the original DOOM. But Sony's zero-tolerance policy lumps them into the same category as pirates.

Sony's well within its rights, but Wololo has promised to find more exploits in other games. How many downloadable titles can Sony axe before paying customers start to get angry? Wololo claims the "Vita Half-Byte Loader" has nothing to do with piracy. Is stopping homebrew worth removing games from paying customers' libraries? Let us know what you think in the comments or on Twitter.

[via Ars Technica]

Tags: sony, ps-vita, homebrew, custom-firmware, piracy
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