Monday, 23 August 2010 11:57

PS Jailbreak PS3 hack, it works! Sony response

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The gaming world is abuzz with rumour and speculation following the announcement that via a specially constructed USB stick, the PlayStation 3 has been hacked, allowing pirate games to be played.  Confirmation of the PS Jailbreak technique has come through, as has a response from Sony Australia.

Over the weekend news emerged of a breakthrough in hacker circles regarding the Sony PlayStation 3, long considered hack proof.

In particular a technique using a specially constructed USB dongle enabled the 'backing up' and playing of games (not blu-ray movies or other media) off the PS3's internal or an USB attached external hard drive.  

Once hacked, the PS3 is fooled into believing a game is being played from a legitimate Blu-ray disc rather than off the HDD.  The PS3 is also enabled to run non Sony sanctioned applications such as home-brew written software.

iTWire has had confirmation of the procedures success.  There are a few caveats, including the requirement to have any other PS3 game disc in the drive at the time and also the limitation of external hard drives only working if all files are under 4GB in size.

Talking to the company involved OzModChips has revealed that directors have taken out extensions on their mortgages to invest in the idea, and that over 500 of the USB's had already been pre-ordered at AU$170 each.

At this point the fun rumour and speculation kicks in.  Firstly hackers suggest it won't be long before a dump or the PS Jailbreak software will lead to a 'free' version of the technique being available.  Perhaps this is why the manager at OzModChips walks with the USB dongle on his person at all times.

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Secondly, PS3hax.net site believes that use of PS Jailbreak will be detectable by Sony when the hacked console goes online to the PlayStation Network.  Once detected, Sony could wield the infamous 'banhammer' cancelling PSN accounts or worse.

More fantastical rumours involve Sony deciding to remove USB functionality during the next firmware upgrade, that particular rumour made me laugh.   In particular the mythical Sony comment regarding firmware upgrade 3.42 'In addition disabling the USB ports will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.'

Contacting Sony Computer Entertainment here in Australia resulted in the expected response from a Sony spokesperson; 'we don't comment on rumour and speculation.'
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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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