Backwards compatibility is a big problem. If a system doesn’t have it, then people complain. And if a system does have it, then hackers instantly get to work looking for vulnerabilities in legacy software.
That’s exactly what has happened to the brilliant Everybody’s Tennis, with Sony pulling the colourful PSP sports title off the PlayStation Store for fears of an exploit opening up the PS Vita to piracy. A similar thing happened to the equally good MotorStorm: Arctic Edge last month.
Homebrew programmer Wololo sarcastically notified Sony of the threat, pointing out that “using this vulnerability could allow people to run software that would be extremely dangerous for your business, such as 20 year-old 8 bit games and 154 different versions of pong”. Endearing, huh?
Of course, what this means for people who legitimately want to play Everybody’s Golf on their PS Vita remains to be seen. We suppose it’s possible Sony could patch up the threat, but MotorStorm: Arctic Edge still hasn’t returned. It's not looking good.