Things just aren’t going so spiffy for Sony lately. They’re losing to Microsoft in the sales race for motion controls. The Xbox Kinect seems to be outselling the PS3 Move. Which probably has a lot to do with the fact that Microsoft’s Kinect doesn’t use some gimmicky controller you have to hold. Well, that and you can plug it into your PC. Unofficially at the moment, though Microsoft claims they’re going to make it official.
Then add to that Sony’s Playstation 3 master encryption key has been leaked. Sony is desperately trying to wage legal battles to keep it from spreading. In the US that means attacking George Hotz, AKA GeoHot. But now a German
hacker freedom fighter, Alexander Egorenkov AKA graf_chokolo has also been releasing his own PS3 3 hack-o-rama in the form of a hypervisor being called the “HV Bible” which helps folks hack their PS3s to install Linux. Sony is not amused, and has been trying like mad to close down websites and confiscate equipment.
But even that’s not all. No, Sony is also facing a losing legal battle against LG in Europe over Blu-Ray patent infringement. The courts have officially approved a ten day ban on the import of Playstation 3s and Bravia TVs. Sony will likely appeal the ruling, but on the opposite side of that coin LG could peruse continued legal action to extend that ban. So if you’re across the pond, expect to see the store shelves getting bare.