Atari founder Nolan Bushnell says a new chip puts computer piracy on the verge of being eradicated.
Speaking at a conference hosted by Wedbush Morgan Securities, Bushnell said a motherboard chip on computers currently in production will wipe out piracy and thus boost sales in Asia and India.
“There is a stealth encryption chip called a TPM that is going on the motherboards of most of the computers that are coming out now,” he said.
“What that says is that in the games business we will be able to encrypt with an absolutely verifiable private key in the encryption world – which is uncrackable by people on the internet and by giving away passwords – which will allow for a huge market to develop in some of the areas where piracy has been a real problem,” he continued.
Bushnell said there was no stopping film piracy because they could simply be recorded and copied. Games, he added, “are a different thing, because games are so integrated with the code. The TPM will, in fact, absolutely stop piracy of gameplay.”