In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Scott Rohde, Senior VP of Worldwide Studios organization said that Vita cards are in fact necessary to help fight piracy. Remember, quality PSP games were few and far between and those that were of AAA quality were easily pirated. These were two of the biggest reasons were why Sony handheld had a hard time in retail.
With the Vita, Rohde said Sony needed technology that would help them secure their games and their IP’s against rampant piracy. This new proprietary format includes custom security that Sony believes will help protect them against pirates in the long haul.
“That was front and center in the early specs of this machine. We needed to have something that would combat piracy from day one, and that’s why the cards that you can purchase for the games are in their own proprietary format. And these days, so many people say the word “proprietary” is a bad word, but it’s something that we felt was completely necessary to make sure that people could not pirate these games. I mean, it’s a custom security solution on each one of these cartridges. That is something that we are confident will protect us from piracy for the long term.”
With the Vita releasing worldwide today, it will only be a matter of time before we see if Sony’s investment on this new proprietary format will indeed protect their games from piracy.
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