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Sony On Modding: ‘We Don’t Want To Discourage It’

Posted on June 14, 2011 AT 01:55pm

Nick Bilton from the New York Times had a chance to sit down and talk to Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton about the recent hacking of PSN, and one of Jack’s comments might surprise you.

When asked if Sony wants to deter customers from modifying their PlayStation 3s, here is what Tretton had to say:

“No, theres 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 dont think we are in support of is someone trying to hack our device to pirate software and possibly collapse the platform.”

Of course, another of Sony’s platforms, the PSP, has long been hacked to great lengths by owners – some wanting to pirate games, but others wanting to do more with their hardware. Maybe it would serve Sony better to have a more open stance towards these fan developers, such as Microsoft does with their Xbox Indies project.

To read the full interview, hit the link below.

Source: The New York Times

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Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

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