Nintendo 3DS Fights Piracy With Updates

During a recent investors briefing Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata said that the company is planning to implement an automatic firmware update system – to aid the company in the fight against piracy for the upcoming the 3DS system.

During the Q&A portion of the briefing an attendee asked if Nintendo would be implementing anti-piracy measures via the internet.

Iwata responded:

“As part of the functionality of SpotPass, we’re looking into having automatic system updates via the internet.”

Iwata went on to mention that the upcoming system wouldn’t just be used to fight piracy, but also to utilized to push new functionality to the 3DS. Firmware updates will also be provided through packaged software. Iwata stated, “We believed this to be doable because the usable ROM size for the 3DS would become much larger.”

Nintendo has released firmware updates to prevent homebrewing and piracy many times before. As any Wii owner can tell you, Nintendo’s current firmware update process offers you the option of accepting or declining the new update but, when it comes to the 3DS, updating will no longer be an option – it will be mandatory.

The new system is a great move since, in this day and age, firmware updates are the most reasonable and efficient way to combat software pirates. The firmware approach is a much more sensible and affordable avenue than filing a lawsuit against a single person (who illegally copies a game). As long as the firmware updates doesn’t disable some of the system’s functionality such as the latest 3.5 update for the PS3, then law-abiding Nintendo fans shouldn’t have a problem updating.

Do you think the update system is a good approach to fight piracy?

Source: Andria Sang

tags: 3DS, Nintendo

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