PS3 Hacked (Again)


The PS3 has been hacked yet again, this time allowing pirates to sneakily downgrade their firmware freely to earlier (hackable) versions, although directly running pirated copies on the latest firmware is still only a promised future upgrade.

The makers provide an announcement as triumphal as it is lacking in literacy:

PS Jailbreak now supports firmware 3.42, 3.50 and beyond!

Again we revolutionize the world and show the disbelievers that we are the original source. We understand what we are doing and will continue to be at the forefront of support. Officially launched today is the worlds only downgrader.

Allowing you to downgrade your new console to any previous firmware version. With a PS Jailbreak and PS Downgrade now all all 44 Million users and counting can enjoy Homebrew. We dont like new comers beeing singled out , so we ventured into the unknown once again and now brought you an out of the box USB solution.

All dealers should contact us for new pricing schedules, as well as marketing material. We have just completed a new batch of product ready to ship immediately.

Please beware PS Downgrade only installs on original PS Jailbreak devices. There are numerous inferior clones and copycats out on the market claiming to be compatable with our support. This is FALSE!!! Buy original from a trusted reseller or risk being stuck with a paperweight.

It should be noted that “PS Jailbreak” does not actually support the latest firmware – it is instead now possible to revert to an earlier firmware which “PS Jailbreak” does support, as previously PS3 firmwares were strictly upgrade-only with no downgrades possible.

The irony of the makers of a piracy tool complaining vociferously at every turn about unauthorised copies and even apparently trying to develop their own copy protection hardly bears mention.

There are some suspicions that an upcoming upgrade to the PS3’s firmware will once again break the device, but it does seem Sony is slowly losing ground.

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    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    02:06 18/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Warning! The unauthorized distribution of this unauthorized product is illegal. Please, only buy from trusted pirates.

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    Comment by Risui
    02:49 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can't bear this feeling, I have to pirate the pirates!!

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    Comment by Schrobby
    03:07 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pirates pirate, it's just what they do. ^_^

    03:42 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Piracy is environmentally friendly. :)

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    Comment by Schrobby
    03:47 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Green pirating! lulz

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    Comment by Benoist
    09:45 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of some french pirates who turned developers and complained about piracy in their turn, long ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's an oxymoron

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    Comment by coldfire01
    01:56 18/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)


    Imma buying a Ps3 this christmas!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And we'll see PS3 sales soar when it's finally hacked.

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    Comment by Bear
    05:07 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup... a banned PS3 for Christmas..

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one has been banned yet.

    What Artefact failed to mention is the price of PSJailbreak which is almost as much as a PS3 on the secondary market itself. Might as well just buy an older PS3 that is still running on any firmware 3.41 or earlier and upgrade it to 3.41 if needed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, I absolutely LOVE how pissed off the writers are in this post. They have yet again been proven wrong. Earlier this year they praaaaaaaised the crap out of Sony for having an unhackable device, and now they yet again are saying negative things about these hacks.

    SINCE WHEN was a hacked to be boo'ed?? I don't get this at all, this is the exact same thing as say ooohh I love my iPod Touch but being able to fully customize it and being able to control what it does is just HORRIBLE.

    To these authors I just have 1 thing to say:


    You again tried to get in Sony's good graces but what you should be doing is just doing the news, this is a GOOD thing not a horrible thing! Now the customization and new home brewing can begin; its just like being able to unlock the PSP when it didnt have a browser, to let it have one. IMAGINE the possibilities of this hardware being used for things OTHER than gaming :D

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    Comment by Riiku
    10:35 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    got schemes from the net and soldered one myself. pretty cheap all in all. happily using it now, works like a charm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also artefact failed to mention that this device has a hell of a lot more uses then pirating. Yes you can pirate on the PS3 now and quite easily if you keep up with the scene. But you can do far more then just pirate. I hate when people throw out news but it's biased even before they get the article done and published. If your gonna give bias journalism don't freaking post the news. Considering it's not hard to find out what this device is and where to get it from. As well as where to get the Jailbreak or it's millions of clones which are 100% better then the original.

    But ooh well people who aren't in the scene will of course just call it a piracy device because they aren't smart enough to research the fucken thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 18/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Put a unique code inside each game box, and make the game unplayable unless you have that code.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    you mean like pc serial keys.. we know how well that worked..

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 18/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You can't play the multiplayer (main selling point of most mainstream games nowadays) unless you have a unique code.

    This, +steam.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm pretty sure that's what PC used to do, you know, before giving up.

    All things are eventually going to get pirated, you've either gotta jump on and get free stuff or support the devs you love.

    Piracy can't be stopped, but if they'd like to try, hit the sources, or just ignore it all together.

    Lack of online play is a deal breaker for me, plus, I'll still support the devs I love by buying their games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This news is pretty old. You do NOT need jailbreak to perform any downgrade anymore! They decrypted the firmware (first time) and changed the code to accept ANY version you want on that uber-undated-and-dead-PS3.

    No need jailbreak at all!

    Probably is time to get a ps3 now. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    we could be discussing about reasons for piracy for years, that really doesn't matter, but you said it right, piracy can't be stopped, thats why i hate most of anti-piracy deals, they usually only hurt the legit consumers

    instead of trying to fight against pirates they should be trying to give us reasons for not wanting to pirate something

    i've been buying games on steam like crazy, some i don't even play, yet i don't feel bad at all for buying it, all of them were cheap due to steam promotions, i'm not suggesting every company should be turning into steam, only that it's possible to please everyone into buying their games

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i'm the same anon you replied to

    i hate drm too, i already passed 3 good deals on steam solely for the fact it had drm, one of those deals was a collection of crysis and crysis warhead at a very good price, another one was dark void: zero (a retro-like game), this one cost like 2 or 3 € and it seemed pretty good, but i still passed because it had drm... yes a 2 ou 3€ game had drm -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    reasonable prices do NOT drive companies out of business. Any businessman who tells you otherwise is a lying sack of shit who deserves to be skullfucked.

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    Comment by Riiku
    10:39 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do love the devs, of corse, but in my opinion they're producing too much games nowaday. With so many games I want to play, there is just no time. nor money. Therefore I will pirate for as long as the quantity of games prevails over quality = forever.

    And yeah, using my fresly soldered jailbreak right now and pirating the shit out of PS3.

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    Comment by Bond Travolta
    01:43 19/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 11:19

    "instead of trying to fight against pirates they should be trying to give us reasons for not wanting to pirate something"

    ^This. Or rather, reasons for us not wanting to buy pirated products. If I'm to say, developers need to decrease the prices of games down to the pirated games'. I don't know elsewhere but living in a less convenient situation those original prices are just over the top that only the richest can afford, and definitely not for casuals(how ironic seeing the family friendly casual games approach by devs lately).

    Though, if they're that scared that such a 'reasonable' pricing would drive them out of business out of not making enough profit then the pricing itself is a fair defense mechanism in itself, whereas they can rely on their cash-wise available consumers to keep them going on. Because as everyone knows it people who could afford these stuffs without risking their budget would never buy a pirate anyways, similarly those who could never afford the original would never buy them anyways unless with said lowered price.

    Just keep steady on the anti piracy mechanism just so mass piracy wouldn't occur soon the game's released and don't spend millions on a drm that troubles the paying players while the pirate consumers could walk the park with cracks they can get for free. Devs, go spend that money on actually making a good game. On a vaguely related note, stop spending so much money on ads either that certain games are even released incomplete and stop selling them as DLC when those incomplete parts came around.

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    Comment by alidan
    12:40 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bond Travolta

    i have no idea if you are being sarcastic or not in that comment, but ill reply this way.

    with internet download games like those off steam, you pay the same as a retail release buy for less content than the retail release, and for that reason alone the game should be at the very least 20$ cheaper.

    i believe walmart and others take a 7-14$ cut of a console game, i'm assume the same margin for any pc game. and without packaging or discs that need to be made, shipped and what not, games should easily be at least 20$ cheaper new online than they are in stores.

    steam i know takes a cut, and we cant figure out where that cut is, but we are thinking between 10-25% thats anywhere from 5-12$ off a pc game, im guessing that its closer to the 10% range though.

    games should be cheaper than they are.

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    Comment by alidan
    12:04 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    ever have a piece of drm cripple your system forcing you to reinstall windows?

    i have.

    you know how i fixed that?

    i pirated the game, because they stripped the need for that kind of drm.

    you know what i found ironic, the viruses some game publishes have claimed are in pirated things, have fuck my computer less than there so called drm.

    i buy off steam, but i read everything, and if i hear any kind of drm besides a code for the game is in it, i pirate the shit out of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At the Anonymous who made the comment about no online play.

    You can play online with a jailbroken downgraded PS3. There's already 'hacks' which allow you to do this. Just look at Black Cops.

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    Comment by Mordio
    07:53 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Awful idea because not everyone even are able to connect their console to a network just to register a '' CD Key '' to play the game =_=

    Besides, it's obvious they could go around that with Jailbreak.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is a realy realy bad idea considering the size of the trade in market not, hell even returns to the shops would be virtualy impossible then aswell.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    02:00 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    ehh sony will just combat this like they did in the past.

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    02:04 18/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    not if this is coming from China...

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    Comment by Megidola
    02:10 18/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    "Again we revolutionize the world and show the disbelievers that we are the original source"

    yep, that sounds like China to me.

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    Comment by YakomoFujikawa
    02:33 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yep, definitely China.....>_>

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    Comment by Tidus
    02:43 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China quality?

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    Comment by Schrobby
    03:05 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please not.

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    Comment by alex251
    05:22 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Again we revolutionize the world and show the disbelievers that we are the original source"

    - and how do you know that this is "the original source" :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And they will lose the fight like little losers do in courts!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "It does seem Sony is slowly losing ground"
    The ground microsoft lost 5 years ago

    01:57 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This is a surprise to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Looks like the sales of the ps3 is gonna go up

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    02:41 18/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    hack proof my ass. everything is hackable

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    Comment by Bond Travolta
    03:51 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ya, even that Ass Creed 2 Ubisoft deem 'unhackable' which just happened to be able to be hacked with with a free copy paste crack. Allowing players to play offline and leave paying players suffer the retarded online game save.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It seems the second a company says "My shit is unhackable." BAM!

    But Ubisoft deserved to have that happen to them, not saying that Sony doesn't, but god=damn I hate Ubisoft.

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    Comment by Damian
    09:00 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    im with you man, fuck you ubisoft and your fucking greed, instead of wasting around 10 millions in a DRM wich was cracked 2 - 3 weeks after its realse, you should have spend your money making Settlers and silent hunters actually good, wich would have been much more profitable.

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    Comment by Bond Travolta
    14:09 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Assassin's Greed more like. I'm getting the feeling the series has become Ubi's FF.

    Similarly, I like some of the games Ubi releases.. But it's their attitude towards their consumers that ticks me off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm sure Sony will keep fighting back, but it's really over now. Once the hackers get in, they're pretty much in for good.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    05:54 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm for the pirates for this reason;

    It should be legal, even a "Right" to make "Homebrew" software apps for any major device like this. It should be in essence a home computer that focuses on gaming. This should be a right, nothing the company is allowed to block out.

    The reason companies started doing this is "E.T."
    A cartridge disaster in a market flooded with homebrew games that were horrible (try anyone programming a 2600 though...) crashed a market. Nintendo came in to protect itself and then became too addicted to the power.

    But the "no 3rd party" scheme is vile. Why should any company, any business have a "Right" to protect itself from "The Market". But, I've answered my own question; The capitalist only cares about "The law of supply and demand" at the moment it helps him and hurts others. When it works against him he shrieks for "Big Government socialist nanny state" for a teat of tax dollars to suck and suck and suck as long as the milk is someone else's money, such as people he hates like everyone in the world save his rich elite circle.

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    Comment by Damian
    09:08 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that would be sound, except its starting to be the E.T. disaster again, go to your retail store and count how many shitty games their are (probably 60 %) and each of this shitty games cost a fortune to make, and even good old franchises are been milked to dead (tony hawk comes to mind) by corporate greedy bastard who only care for a quick buck.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    11:58 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a point too.

    While a big corporation can throw millions for development of a game while an "Indie" often does it in between sleep and a real job, the big company is answering to bosses, shareholders, bankers, etc. They are more likely to make "Safe" bets like of course "Buying a franchise to suck money from the little turds now grown up who liked this sh-t somehow, and just shit it out for it's a turd and the turds will like it..." and anything truly "New and innovative" is to be handled like plutonium...

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    Comment by hotshot™
    02:05 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And so we begin again.

    Comment by Sharakan
    02:04 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    haha this is a never ending battle. they will keep on releasing updates to battle piracy but every update will be hacked eventually until the new system arrives on teh scene in which case the cycle restarts! i don't really see a permanent solution :(

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    Comment by hotshot™
    02:06 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your eventually gonna have to shell out a fortune just to keep your PS3 "hackable."

    That is to say, if you are buying their pirating devices. /irony

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh geeze! It cost so much to download a file to a zip drive. How much was that again? 200 or 300 interweb dollars? My oh my!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You moron it's not a zip drive. It uses a micro controller on the inside. It just uses the USB protocol to accomplish things. Do some freaking research before making an ass of yourself.

    Look for Teensy, or Atmega64 chip Is one of the flavors. This chip has been around for years and it's purpose has nothing to do with a jailbreak. They just developed the exploit and compiled it to be run on these devices. But these devices can do so much more.

    Also to all the idiots it's not just for piracy. in fact most people who get one of these aren't looking for piracy. But what the hell be ignorant dumbasses like the rest of the masses just because some idiot posts a bias article about a hack.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by caiooa
    06:11 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol man, when sony move to a next console they will stop to care about updating ps3 firmware and it will be hacked. It hapen`s with every console. They simply can`t make it diferent.

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