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Tretton: Sony Embraces Hacking Of A Different Kind

by Ernice Gilbert on June 14th, 2011, under Hot, News, PS3, Sony

If you’re one of the many who believe Sony doesn’t want customers to modify the PlayStation 3, you’re not alone. It’s the message everyone’s gotten from the whole George Hotz debacle, but according to Jack Tretton, president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America, it’s a real “misnomer”. In other words it’s untrue, because, according to him, Sony embraces hacking; just in a different way.

That’s what the exec responded to a question posed by him in a recent interview with New York Times: “Some hackers say Sony wants to deter customers from modifying the PlayStation3. Is that true?”

“No,” Tretton said, “there’s a real misnomer there, we embrace independent game development; if you call that hacking, then we embrace that.

We give people tools that let them create new experiences. What I don’t think we are in support of is someone trying to hack our device to pirate software and possibly collapse the platform.”

So it’s a different kind of hacking, then, one that’s allowed by the company and they even provide the tools to do so.

3 Comments

  1. Wed, 15th Jun 2011 at 9:01 am

    of course they do in that sense because that would mean there making money of the SDK.
    people who hack there systems to use a feature they payed for though………..
    in short if were making a profit for it knock yourself out!
    if not better stop otherwise our briefcase is after ya!

  2. Wed, 15th Jun 2011 at 9:21 am

    No, that’s not true. They reason Sony went after them was because the console was opened up for pirates~

  3. Wed, 15th Jun 2011 at 11:35 am

    then why are they not going after the people who made piracy possible?
    the people who made the lvl2 patcher, the backup managers, the game updaters, the ISO sites?
    there not going after the people creating and allowing piracy, there going after people who open up there system.
    they instantly released DMCA removal requests the second key info to the console was online, but there doing jack trying to get these torrent sites closed.

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