Sony Computer Entertainment has filed a lawsuit for alleged copyright and intellectual property infringements against Connectix in a bid to stop it selling software that enables Sony Playstation games to run on Apple Macs.
When Connectix rolled out its Virtual Game Station software at the MacWorld Expo in the US this year (see VNU Newswire, 7 January, 1999), Sony made it clear that it thought the offering amounted to an illegal infringement of Playstation?s copyright. The Virtual Game Station software sold out, however.
At the time of its launch, Ron McDonald, Connectix?s president and chief executive, said: "While the product is not a substitute for Sony Playstation consoles, we believe our customers will be pleased with the experience of using games with Connectix Virtual Playstation on their Macs."
Virtual Game Station runs on G3 Power Macs, including the iMa, but the software will not run all of Playstation?s 350 plus games, although it does run one of the most popular - Tomb Raider.
While MacDonald believes its offering is good news for Mac users, Playstation game owners, games developers and Sony, Sony does not agree. The consumer electronics giant has filed a lawsuit accusing Connectix of "infringing copyrights and intellectual property".
Connectix has replied, however, by launching version 1.1 of the Virtual Game Station, costing $49, but has not shipped the software since MacWorld Expo. The company will not say whether this is because of Sony?s lawsuit or shortages due to its popularity.
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