Sony Blocking PSP Hacks

Found this article on news.com:

Sony is engaged in a tug-of-war with hackers who keep cracking its PlayStation Portable software to unlock the device and run their own applications on it.

The company is preparing another update to the PSP firmware to fix a recently disclosed bug that lets hackers downgrade the PSP system software and run their own, so-called homebrew code on the device, a Sony representative said Thursday.

“It is not…what the device was designed for,” said Patrick Seybold, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment America. “We plan to deal with this issue with the next system update.” He declined to say when that update would be ready.

This will be one of those things that Sony will look back on one day and realize they screwed up, anytime you can involve people who are creating and innovating with your product, I think you should let them as it will endear them to the product and will hook them into buying any future versions. Versions where you can restrict some of the things they do without allienating them and block some of the illegal aspects. Bad move Sony.