Our Gamecenter Affiliate CNET is reporting that Sony has voluntarily dropped the charges it had levelled against Connectix for their Virtual GameStation emulator, just a day before the latest case was set to go to court. Sony has accused Connectix of numerous copyright and patent infringements regarding this product, which allows Mac and PC users to play many Playstation titles on their home PC. Connectix Chief Executive Roy McDonald had this to say:
While we recognize that Sony may still attempt to bring some of these claims back before the court at a later date, this represents the third victory in a row for Connectix in this case. We hope that at some point Sony will recognize the merits of cooperating with us in giving added flexibility to consumers and fans of the PlayStation.
This is great news for fans of the popular emulator. Another Playstation emulator for the PC only, known as Bleem!, has also been victorious in court several times against similar accusations by Sony; these cases set interesting precedents for the entire emulation field and may open the door for more commercial game system emulators in the future. CNET on Connectix Victory VGS Web Site