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DSi to invite further piracy?

DSi to invite further piracy?

The R4 has already made piracy rampant on the original DS, but adding an SD slot to the DSi could worsen matters.

Developers are certainly getting very excited by the promise of media storage on the new DS system that was unveiled yesterday, but could that be offset by fears of piracy? That's certainly something that has some developers worried.

The new DSi handheld system was unveiled yesterday and houses two cameras, improved online functionality, larger screens and a new SD card slot that replaces the GBA cartridge slot. It's that last bit which will be a problem apparently.

"Adding an SD slot makes a bunch of sense for downloadable content given the way things are going," said Team17 chief Martyn Brown in a discussion with Eurogamer. Brown did mention however that in order for the system to work at all then it would have to be better designed than the SD storage system on the Wii, which is Nintendo is yet to fix.

Brown also voiced concerns about piracy on the DSi too, something which has proved a thorn in Nintendo's side lately thanks to the massively available R4 card which lets players easily load ROMs and unofficial software on the DS. The R4 is essentially a Micro-SD card adapter which plugs into the DS, so adding a standard SD card slot on the new version could be a bad move for Nintendo.

"I just hope they've done something to counter the mass piracy that exists via the R4 on the Lite. It scares me that with an SD card input, that might leave it even wider open that it was on the original device."

Brown also raised the issue that the DSi might suffer from trying to do to many things, pointing out that many users have phones which already have online and photo abilities.

The DSi will be available in Europe next, but you can fill the time until then by letting us know your thoughts in the forums.

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n3mo 3rd October 2008, 13:08 Quote
Whatever, R4 and all its clones are already dirt cheap, they could as well just build it in.
Veles 3rd October 2008, 13:10 Quote
Don't really see the point in the DSi but oh well, we'll have to see.
leexgx 3rd October 2008, 17:23 Quote
mite be able to connect to WPA secured access points now (DS only supports WEP, if it did never worked with any routers i have setup)
Firehed 3rd October 2008, 23:55 Quote
Well, either they invest a lot of time, effort, and R+D dollars into making yet another proprietary format that delays piracy for a while, or they just use off-the-shelf hardware and rely on software methods. I don't think there's a system out there that hasn't been cracked/modchipped/whatever, so the latter seems to make more sense. SD cards are dirt cheap and will only get cheaper, and having to retool a bunch of equipment and create a bunch of custom chips and readers barely makes sense given the return on investment.
AcidJiles 4th October 2008, 00:14 Quote
as with all piracy the way to combat it is to produce decent content a good price so people feel its worth purchasing rather than tooo crap to pay for or too expensive so that you feel ripped off.
Sparrowhawk 4th October 2008, 06:51 Quote
Honestly, I'm not worried in the least. To pirate a system, devolopers/modders/hackers/etc have to understand the inner workings of the system. Knowing the inner workings is like opening Pandora's Box. Once it's known, everybody knows. Once it's known, however, we get indie studios and coders making homebrew games.

So in a sense, I'm exicted. This means more and better homebrews!
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