That will never happen because “bad” people will always exist (just as thieves exist everywhere but I’m not treated like scum when I enter a super market, sure I may pass some kind of detectors at the door, but that doesn’t affect me like anti piracy solutions affect me if I purchase the games - if some super market started doing full body searches on anyone entering and exiting I certainly wouldn’t buy things from there anymore, even though after purchase the product would still be unaffected and fully functional to expectations, unlike software), so unless they find a way to provide flawless anti piracy, which they constantly fail to do, then the only way to make better profit is to stop screwing over the customers, and when the profits increase then that piracy > 0 will not appear as huge of an issue as before, and they can always work on better and more effective solutions that don’t screw over customers in the mean time.
PSP has AAA games that flop? News to me. Outside stuff like Monster Hunter in Japan which sells like hot cakes (again leading to my previous point, if one game can sell so good on PSP on PC or anywhere then the others are doing something wrong which makes people not find their products worthy enough of purchase - don’t try to compete with piracy, unless you’re 100% sure you got it 100% flawless this time, otherwse it always has the advantage - try to compete with those that managed to convince people to purchase their product instead, despite the fact they could pirate it), what AAA does it even have? The shoddy portable versions of things like Assassin’s Creed and Dante’s Inferno? Those are most definitely not AAA. Even games that should and could have been AAA like Gran Turismo and Soul Calibur ultimately fall short of expectations.
The few AAA games on PSP seem to sell rather good in their intended markets. The rest developers should try to make their products as worthy as those perhaps?
Aren’t new PSP systems uncrackable? I haven’t followed through homebrew on PSP in recent years but back then it seemed impossible to downgrade after a certain firmware version, which was then bypassed with those pandora batteries, which isn’t exactly easy for everyone to get (doesn’t the process need more than one PSP), and then weren’t even compatible with newer PSP models, so all the new hardware sales should in theory result in software sales, if said software is valuable.
In any case, the issue on PSP should be no larger than on other systems with the exception of the PS3 which as of yet is secure (but possibly not for much longer going by what I read) unless the PSP owners have more reasons to pirate the games than to purchase them, which leads to publisher/developer faults again. Eliminating piracy wouldn’t necessarily mean sales would increase if the software didn’t improve enough to be considered worthy of the asking price.
I never argued piracy is ok or that they shouldn’t try to protect their products, you must have read someone else’s posts. If however they fail to protect it and on top of that screw over paying customers then they’re doing something wrong, that they shouldn’t have done. Even if it does work, but screws over the paying customer, they’re once again bound to lose profit. How much is lost will be immeasurable (much like piracy, but with even less data to go off of) but it will certainly be >0. So, what’s the point of doing a trade? And what’s the point of doing these moves when it’s not even a trade, and they end up losing sales both to piracy > 0 and to pissed off would-be customers > 0?
Piracy so far has won, and will keep winning until they invest time and money in GOOD protection rather than knee jerk reaction solutions like this new Ubisoft crap. Because of that they should focus on eliminating lost sales from the paying customers by actually pleasing them, and only work on anti piracy in the background, releasing it when the solution is finally actually efficient in both stopping piracy and not messing with customers. Much like the PS3 (by the way, PS3 software sales aren’t higher than 360 software sales even though it’s possible to pirate games on 360, how peculiar).