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Software developer Connectix, creator of the Virtual Game Station (VGS) Mac-based PlayStation emulator, will finally get to battle Sony in court on 14 September. The hearing will be first time the two companies' conflict has come to court since Sony won an injunction in April banning Connectix from shipping VGS or releasing updates to the software until the main case against Connectix is judged. Speaking to games-oriented Web site Mac Gamer's Ledge, Connectix CEO Roy McDonald said the company will make an oral presentation in court which, he claimed, will prove VGS was written without resource to "any documentation or design specs. from the Sony PlayStation". Sony's case centres on allegations that Connectix reverse-engineered the Palliation using Sony intellectual property. The company also claims VGS promotes piracy. Despite his confidence in Connectix's case, McDonald admitted he was "99 per cent sure" that a final ruling will not be made on 14 September. Instead, the company will have to wait at best a week or at worst three months for the court to judge the case. Watching the case closely is fellow software developer Bleem. Its Windows-based PlayStation emulator, also called Bleem, is still shipping after Sony failed to persuade a District Court judge to ban the software. Success for Sony against Connectix will almost certainly persuade the Japanese giant to renew its actions against Bleem. Meanwhile, Connectix has been continuing development of both the Mac and as yet unreleased Windows versions of VGS. Work has centred on improving game compatibility and exploring support for host computer's 3D accelerator cards, said McDonald. ® Related Stories Bleem beats Sony Connectix plans Windows launch for PlayStation emulator PlayStation emulator wins first round against Sony Sony to sue Connectix over PlayStation emulator

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