Sony & Connectix Settle Over Virtual Game Station

In the battle between Sony and Connectix over the latteris Playstation emulator, Virtual Game Station, Sony has not been able to shut VGS down. After 2 court appearances that have been settled in Connectixis favour, it seems that Sony has run out of options. "If you canit beat iem, join iem!" seems to be the new philosophy, and so Sony has gone into an agreement that will work with Connectix in the future development of emulation technology.

According to a report from IGN:

"We look forward to significant advances in emulation technology as a result of our cooperation with Connectix, who owns excellent technology in this field," stated Shinichi Okamoto, Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

"Our new agreement with SCE gives us the resources to move rapidly into a wide range of exciting new applications for our core emulation and virtual machine technologies," said Roy McDonald, President of Connectix. "We believe that this collaboration can lead to improved development tools, innovative consumer products and productive enterprise solutions."

Virtual Game Station (VGS) is a software emulation application that gives Mac users the power to play Sony Playstation games on their Mac. It requires actual Playstation CDs, and Connectix has put a lot of effort into defeating the efforts of thieves and pirates using copied CDs. Since itis release in 1999, its fate has been uncertain. In court testimony, Sony has made it clear that they feel the application infringes on their copyrights and patents, and has done everything in their power to shut it down.