Hardcore gamers with the PSP-3000 may be familiar with a little device known as the Pandora Battery, a hardware tool that effectively hacked the system and allowed users to play illegally downloaded games. Sony has wised up to this particular trick, and has developed a new solution for the PSP Go: an internal battery. Like the iPhone, users who want to replace the PSP Go’s battery will likely have to send it in to Sony (most likely for a fee) rather than do it themselves. Playstation Insider talked to SCEA President John Koller about the issue, and he had this to say:
You won’t be able to rip your games and play them on the system, the firmware precludes that… There’s no external battery, so there’s a number of protections put into place on the system.
The move is annoying for honest users, but one has to hand it to Sony for wising up and taking some steps to protect their system from piracy. Frankly, I’m more interested in seeing what new tricks hackers will come up with for the PSP Go… where there’s a will, there’s a way.