Cobra Black Fin PS Vita “game sharing” device apparently retails for $77, but good luck finding it
Early December, a new website surfaced to announce the upcoming release of the Cobra Black Fin, a piracy device for the PS Vita relying on some P2P sharing network. Although it did not appear to be a very convenient hack, the concept feels pretty creative and got me curious. Officially a system to “share games over the internet”, the device was supposed to hit retailers in December, 2015.
Today’s January 1st, 2016 (happy new year, by the way), and the Black Fin’s official page hasn’t been updated in a while, except for a tiny fix on the site’s mail address. The device itself is not seen on typical console modding retailers, and google searches only return articles written back when the website initially surfaced. The official site still has no link in its “retailers” section.
News sites have been wondering if the device was just a hoax. I argued that nobody would invent such a complicated p2p network concept for the sake of a hoax. Additionally, when I contacted the Black Fin sales people in early December, they quickly replied and told me they would send me a Black Fin for me to test it, “in December”. Unfortunately I haven’t received the device yet, and the Cobra team hasn’t replied to my ping from 2 days ago.
Either the Cobra team’s enjoying the holiday a bit longer than they should, or they ran into production issues. The fact that the device is listed on Taobao reduces the possibility that this was a hoax, but if you’re a potential buyer* I wouldn’t take the chance and order it from there just yet.
* I still believe that the device will be at best impractical for pirates: As I stated when Cobra black Fin was announced, “Long term too, this is most likely not a viable product: as less people use it, less and less games will be available on the network.”.