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Friday, October 07, 2005

Game Console Modding Now Legal in Australia

BBC reports that Sony has just lost a four-year legal battle with a mod chip supplier, meaning that it's legal for Australians to install such chips in the Sony PlayStation 2—and, presumably, this could set a precedent for modding other consoles, such as the Xbox.

Game consoles like the PS2 can be "modded" by installing a chip that enables users to bypass such "features" as copy protection and regional controls. This means that Australians can now legally modify their systems to play much cheaper games sold in other countries—which is great, really, seeing as how games in Australia seem to be ludicrously overpriced.This doesn't make it legal to play pirated games, of course, but it certainly makes it easier.

The U.S. is not yet similarly enlightened.

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