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Monday, 11 October 2010 08:43

3DS will combat piracy

Written by David Stellmack
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Will use forced auto-updates
Nintendo is taking a far more aggressive approach in dealing with piracy on the 3DS than they have taken with past platforms. Early reports from sources tell us that the company will be using a forced auto-update technology to combat potential piracy.

Of course, Nintendo is spinning this technology as a way for the company to enhance the platform and add new features; but it seems that Nintendo will have a major focus on its ability to provide counter measures to deal with piracy as one of the major features designed into this auto-update technology.

According to the whispers that we hear, the auto-update functionality can be invoked when a ROM cartridge is plugged into the system. In addition, the firmware can be packaged and placed on the ROM cartridges that consumers purchase, so that will be another way that new or updated firmware can be delivered to the unit.

Nintendo believes that this aggressive stance against piracy will help gain software development support for the platform.

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+1 #1 JWellington 2010-10-11 15:36
Wow, an OS update on the game cartridge... I must say, that's pretty inventinve Nintendo.
 
 
+1 #2 Blue Fear 2010-10-11 20:38
I don't like it but I can also choose not to buy it.

Sony tried to combat piracy with their own medium but this where nintendo won't fail as hard by using software.

Portables aren't for me from my experience, I've purchased both the DSi and PSP (original)and I couldn't help but feel the lack of control of both platforms.

It's a little weird I enjoyed the games on PSP more than I did the DS. I must have really loved GTA and Manhunt 2 uncut.
 
 
0 #3 semitope 2010-10-12 02:21
More software support but barely any benefit to actual software sales I bet. Cash gamers have is not infinite...
 
 
0 #4 Fud_u 2010-10-12 06:04
Quoting Blue Fear:
I don't like it but I can also choose not to buy it.

Sony tried to combat piracy with their own medium but this where nintendo won't fail as hard by using software.



Sure about that? Nintendo is the easiest thing to hack on the planet. I can't say the same for the PSP 3k with firmware 5.6+. Also PSP Go remain limited interm of homebrew stuff and it's been over half a year and it can't do homebrew. Free free to prove me wrong as of writing.
 
 
0 #5 Blue Fear 2010-10-12 14:09
Quote:
Sure about that? Nintendo is the easiest thing to hack on the planet. I can't say the same for the PSP 3k with firmware 5.6+. Also PSP Go remain limited interm of homebrew stuff and it's been over half a year and it can't do homebrew. Feel free to prove me wrong as of writing.


Sony and Nintendo now have a good idea of the current standing on their handheld platforms. They couldn't have predicted the methods which were used by crackers, and there was only so much firmware updates could take care of.

Granted nothing is impenetrable.. But it'll get increasingly difficult compared from last gen hardware
 

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