Engadget recently published an article detailing what could be the next great leap in both gaming and cell phone market. The picture above is a mockup of what the device may look like. For more details, please check out the Engadget link HERE.
It is no surprise that Sony has trouble with PSP piracy and they are not alone. The Nintendo DS and practically every other system except for the PS3 is rampant with pirates. However, this phone may be exactly what Sony needs as Google has recently introduced new measures to protect developers from those who just do not want to pay.
On July 27,2010, Google made their new licensing service technology public on the Android Developers Blog. The “DRM” like service would require Android users to have 1.5 installed on their device to gain access to any apps protected with the new licensing and the only way to download these apps legally would be the Android Marketplace.
However, in order for the app to even start, it would have to be verified with the new Market server. Furthermore, developers would have the option to have their apps use cached verifications or allow their apps to start when there is a data connection for the purpose of verifying the app.
Sony would be able to basically release their games on the Android Marketplace with the new licensing and then enable people to use the original cached verification so they could then play their games whenever they wanted to. With these new restrictions, they could even limit who had access to the PlayStation Network on their phone.
Sure people can download these apps and take out these restrictions from black market sites, but in the process they risk losing connectivity to the actual Android Marketplace and any apps protected by the licensing. Perhaps coders will find a way for all rooted phones to get these files free, take out the protective measures, and still keep connection with the Marketplace. There are still the barriers of online multi-player and possibly the introduction of trophy syncing on PSP games to consider.
The bottom line here is that it does not matter if your phone is stock or rooted, you have a data connection which allows Google and many developers to see just who has what. These data connections also make it possible for Google to remotely kill apps and give Sony more information on who is actually pirating. You cannot hide your IMEI, IMSI, or electronic serial numbers. Cell phone companies just like many Internet Service Providers will be required to make sure you comply or else you risk the chances of your service getting cut off.
Make no mistake, if indeed this device is real Sony is definitely aware of how useful this licensing can be. Unlike the PSP, this new device will be connected 24/7 be it on Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G. If you plan on using it as a phone, you can’t turn it off. Information from your Android device is always syncing with the cloud. Developers can even have their apps send them information about you.
Gamers wanted a Sony PSP Phone…and apparently, Sony now has a reason to give it to you.