Sunday, 22 August 2010 12:56

PS3 hacked by USB Jailbreak Modchip

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Considered the Mt Everest of hacking, the PlayStation 3 has reportedly been broken by a USB Jailbreak dongle produced in Australia.


We will find out for sure when we get our hands on one in a week or two, but supposedly, using a USB dongle as the delivery mechanism available from Australian company OzModChips.com, has broken into the PlayStation 3 operating system.  All for AU$170!

The idea is to allow users to dump copies (or 'back ups' if you will) of PS3 games onto the hard drive and get them to run as if a legitimate Blu-ray version of the software was in the drive.

Known as PS Jailbreak, the software installs quickly off the USB dongle and according to the device's website 'disables forced software updates and will never brick your console.'  This also means, Sony will find it hard to force a work around for the device directly.

Indirectly however, a system such as the one Nintendo uses on the Wii, may included a compulsory firmware upgrade on future game release discs.

PS Jailbreak only works for games - not Blu-ray or DVD movies - and reportedly opens the console up as a platform for homebrew applications - software not authorised by Sony for the PS3.  A similar situation has dogged the PlayStation Portable hand-held system since its inception.

According to the creators: 'PS Jailbreak is a USB plug and play solution that installs in seconds, keeping your valid warranty seal in tact.


Easy to use installer and GUI takes you step by step.


Compatible with all production models FAT and SLIM. Supports all regions: USA, JAP, PAL and KOREA

 

You can click on through to a supposidly non-fake youtube video of the PS Jailbreak in action here.


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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 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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