Why am I bound by some law that says, that if I decide to hack my psp, xbox 360, or any other console for that matter, I am in the wrong. I purchased the hardware, I purchase the games. Who’s to say that if I decide to play some homebrew games on my PSP or want to make my Xbox 360 into a Tivo, that I should be stoned to death behind the local Red Lobster. We all know that Modding any system is becoming increasingly harder, that is of course unless you are a master solder technician. Question is why do they make it so hard, why can’t I have an open source version of these systems.
I understand wanting to protect your system to prevent cheaters and such, but saying that the system isn’t yours to control and then policing it, makes me feel as if I’m renting the hardware rather than purchasing it. Maybe that’s the next step. I rent my cable box, maybe eventually I’ll have to rent my consoles and when they break I just bring them back to my local dealer and get it replaced for no fee. Lord knows that these consoles are becoming more and more complicated, and have had their histories of malfunctions. Perhaps we are moving in that direction.
Would you pay 18 bucks a month to have the Xbox service? A service that provides hardware and a live connection? If if breaks you switch it out without any penalty? These are ideas that are already in place when it comes to other vendors. I know my Internet provider offers a rented modem and I’ve already mentioned the rented cable box. I much rather own, but if i don’t have total control over my product then what do I really get out of the deal. We all know how DRM locks down a game disk. Sure we own the product but not the license, right?
I guess I’ll just start looking for parts to my small form factor pc that will attach directly to my TV and have a blue tooth connection to an Xbox 360 controller. Of course, we’ll have to see some new releases for the PC that don’t suck.