PS3 Update Crushes Pirate Dreams


Sony has made a mandatory update to the PS3’s firmware, defeating all current hacks.

The hack to allow PS3 piracy (“jailbreaking” or “homebrew” as piracy advocates spin their activities), originally released by an Australian pirate outfit who soon found their efforts to profit from their discovery scotched by Sony’s lawyers, was soon duplicated in open source form, and subsequently ported to a variety of other devices, meaning a special USB dongle was no longer required.

So enthusiastic did the rumour-mill surrounding PS3 hacking become that soon tales of upcoming PS2 emulation functionality through hacking began circulating.

However, at the same time technical measures to thwart the hack were being rumoured to be nearing release by Sony – it appears these rumours were correct.

The new 3.42 firmware, a “minor update” including “additional security features” according to Sony, reportedly breaks all known PS3 hacks.

As it is a mandatory update, PS3 users will be forced to update if they wish to access the PlayStation Network at all – this coupled with the need to update to play upcoming games is likely to hamper the use of any hack unless a workaround is developed.

With Sony on the ball with its PS3 anti-piracy measures – as opposed to the apparently tolerant attitude of Nintendo and Microsoft – it remains to be seen whether the usual pirate versus publisher arms race will develop, or whether the PS3 will instead return to its no-piracy status quo.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:05 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    pirates should developed their own console
    and then hack it

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's already a way to bypass this (within 24 hours):

    Scene workers are close to completing a patch to negate the entire firmware update. It's essentially a race once again ~

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    when will pirate realize that if there is no developer there will be no game.
    So they can play their belove "homebrew" for all eternity with out new game right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:05 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize that "homebrew" includes games, right? People make homebrew games which can be awesome. That plus other-console emulation (which the PS3 could do wonderfully) gives you an enormous library of games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As soon as piracy is really as bad as you all state it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just like how PSX, N64, PS2, and DS had developers jumping ship due to pirates, leaving those consoles to die, right? Oh wait, even with the supposed high piracy rate on those consoles those platforms were all very successful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    thought they took out the usb ports with the update. way to go sony release firmware every pi$$ing week. updating is fun so much fun

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "defeating all current hacks."

    Not if you don't download the update. Honestly, some people can be so goddamn retarded! This jailbreak thing hasn't been stopped at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Continued proof that the PC is the best gaming platform.

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    Comment by Myballz
    07:18 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony has Cock blocking system.

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    Comment by caiooa
    06:43 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't matter. Starcraft 2 and lineage 2 are for pc and mac, lol (and so will be diablo 3)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tolerant attitude of Microsoft? You gotta be kidding me. They are so far the only ones that have again and again banned hacked consoles and the connected Xbox Live accounts. They are also the only ones that are using eFuses to prevent downgrading the device to an older version. Thus, only a very small number of 360s can still be hacked as today.

    With Nintendo, sure, you may say they are somewhat tolerant (or "too stupid" to work against the hackers, if you prefer). But Microsoft? No way.

    We'll see what the hackers come up with next.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, piracy is still really non-existent. Most decent games are over the FAT32 file size limit (4gb I think) and the Backup Manager doesn't support NTFS yet. So try doing some research, first before tossing the term "pirate".

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    Comment by mevious
    02:57 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so they have lost , and upgrading consoles is not mandatory :D
    even better , you don't need to buy a device at all ^^

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    Comment by akuma2002
    02:45 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good job Sony.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, good job Sony for letting us easily bypass updating by changing our DNS nameserver IP addresses!

    No wonder hackers already beat them, Sony is so incompetent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did these people think they could make this "PS Jailbreak" and get away with it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, and they will.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why wouldn't they?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Main reason of why i dont like the PS3, something that makes a console temptative to buy, is the fact that you can make a modification to play games for free, a lot of players doesnt have the budget to buy all the games they want, also considering the fact that consoles games are freaking expensive (unlike PC games) i think that if the PS3 were more hackeable, more people would dare to buy it, but since thats not the case, it not as worthy as expected, PS3 fails

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a homebrew advocate, I can't agree with you. Sony sales PS3 on a loss, meaning, they lose money every time someone buys one. They make up that loss by licensing and selling games. You also don't seem to know that Sony isn't the only one making/losing money, as it hurts the developers more if no one buys games.

    What you're requesting is for Sony to give people free games while losing money. That's the opposite of what companies aim for, you're essentially asking for a charity.

    Get a job, pay for games you want, stop being spoiled. I've pirated my share of games, but I have also bought more games to support the devs.

    Again, I'm all for homebrew, but people like who just want free stuff without any sense of responsibility give other homebrew advocates a bad name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 10/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lrn you shit, sir.
    Sony now is profitable from console sales alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't have enough budget, then don't buy it. Nobody is forcing you to game. I support homebrew but I have to say this is the worse explanation. Look at all the awesome homebrew programs on the psp created by endusers and I do believe its not just all about pirating games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 07/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I concur, vote with your purses. Never buy console shit, pay only for PC games. All consoles must die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    patch the game to lower version just like in psp

    no, sony can't patch their error :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good thing my house was broken into today, ps3 stolen along with other goods. (:

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    Comment by raijinz
    15:47 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd when I saw I would have to update my PS3 again yesterday. Its actually quite impressive how quickly Sony jumped on this Jailbreak hack (I wish they had the same enthusiasm when fixing server problems!).
    I think the only way Sony will give up defending the PS3 from hackers is when the PS4 eventually comes out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would you want to pirate the PS3? It only has like five exclusive titles! Not worth the effort. I'll stick with my 360!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Already been bypassed bro. Couple VERY easy ways to get past it, and people are already working on a patch to make it permanent without the need for other tools.

    Anyone got some popcorn for this arms race? I predict Sony losing once again...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 23/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, they held up pretty long. Hope some good news come across psp hack

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    Comment by Ward
    13:12 10/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    like the hackers arnt already scaning the new code line by line looking for a new hole

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:58 10/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imagine if they put this much effort into making a quality product vs wasting time locking it down.
    The PS3 will just get cracked again once it happens the first time the war is over.
    Besides it's been proven piracy really does not harm profits that much over all.
    Personally I think it would be best to split the electronics part of Sony from the media part of the company.
    The PS3 really could be a media center device and PC replacement but the restrictions prevent it from being anything more then a game box.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't be surprised if those people who do sony's firmware are an army of ex-homebrew hackers who've been given a decent income.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 09/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    GUESS WHAT SONY?! you're scared...

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    12:28 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hopefully Sony has learned alot from this gen. it took them 3 iteration of PSP to be hack free. hope the next PSP and PS console will be safe as possible.

    nintendo also. they have a history of easily being hacked

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 23/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hope they're not

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    Comment by MARl0
    09:05 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very good news indeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You married to Sony or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its not surprising that they stopped the hack. they still aren't really making money if none at all selling their ps3 units.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SanCon is ignorant when it comes to certain subjects.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I buy all my games, so none of this affects me in the slightest. I'm gonna play Demon's Souls. The pirates can have fun fighting with big bro- I mean Sony.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't wait for the PS4.

    Think of all that stuff they'll remove from it to screw us out of more money. Like PS3 BC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:11 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony: *updates*
    PS3: *detects hack*
    PS3: "Ju has been haxored"
    PS3: *BOOM.......with TV*

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just don't update your firmware, simples?

    I doubt anyone thought playing online was going to be viable in the long-term.

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    Comment by kdoduay
    22:36 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So I don't update firmware and I don't need any more psn for GOW3 or another funny offline game.

    All I need is free!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can tell you're illiterate at reading english, so I'll just say have fun playing NEW games & expecting to play them just fine. They'll require firmware updates.

    Filthy pirate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but of course.

    next crack on news at 11.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahaha good for them.

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    Comment by Bigall
    22:22 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Using the wise words of the late Geese Howard:

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As it is a mandatory update, PS3 users will be forced to update if they wish to access the PlayStation Network at all

    In short, if you are not into online gaming, and don't have any demo / game you wish to download from PSN right now (pirated copy might be available too), you don't really have a reason to update.

    this coupled with the need to update to play upcoming games is likely to hamper the use of any hack unless a workaround is developed.

    This, of course, applies only to future games. For disc-based games, the firmware must be ready and properly tested by the time discs are pressed, from which point there's quite some time for them to "hit the shelves". And when such games arrive, there will definitely be one or more of the following:
    1)Pirated copies which have readily applied patches necessary for running the game on older firmware
    2)Patches, with which users can install their original copies to HD, and make them compatible with their current firmware
    3)Modified firmware, that will run these new games, maybe even from original discs

    As usual, pirates are going to have it easier than "honest users" who want to use the hack for running homebrew, but buy the games.

    Personally, since the rather "one-sided" and totally uncompensated OtherOS removal, I can't see how someone would side with Sony as much as this article does. Before that I might have considered installing this hack, but there's no longer need to consider.

    PS3's are also used as media players, with suitable homebrew programs, PS3 could:
    1)Play common media formats, such as mkv
    2)Play from normal samba shares, not depending on dlna server
    3)Replace a DVD player (if regional restrictions are removed)

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    Comment by Artefact
    02:04 08/09/2010 # ! Incandescent

    Nobody used OtherOS and the only reason anyone cares about "homebrew" is because it is a synonym for "pirating" in the minds of most.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That GeoHot guy played a big part in this pirate mess. After he got the OtherOS option removed he tried to fight back. He leaked the official PS3 DevKit and its operating documents. He then retired from hacking. He probably did this to avoid legal action from Sony.

    If you were paying close attention to the scene, the hackers who develop Custom Firmware for the PSP took great interest in this. They are likely the ones who also released this Jailbreak.

    The "Key code" for the DevKit was probably leaked either by a bad developer or a corporate spy.

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