Never mind court injunctions that block sales of a hardware-based PS3 hack designed to let users play pirated games, Sony may already be running interference at the source.
The latest firmware update for the PS3 reportedly knocks the infamous PSJailbreak out of commission, or so users claim. That hack, which uses a USB dongle to “trick” the PS3, allows users to play pirated as well as homemade games on the system. Its creators had also claimed it was capable of shrugging off Sony’s “mandatory” firmware updates. Though the new firmware update isn’t technically mandatory–you have to manually accept and install it–ignoring it cripples your ability to access Sony’s PlayStation Network.
The update, which went live yesterday, was barely mentioned on Sony’s PlayStation blog.
“Hi everyone! A minor update to your PS3 system is now available via system software update v3.42 that includes additional security features,” wrote Sony director of hardware marketing John Koller. And that’s about it.
What’s it actually for? Sony’s isn’t saying. Code that blocks PSJailbreak? That recognizes the device and bricks your system? That, and perhaps only that? No one’s certain, but reactions in the comments section of Sony’s PlayStation blog were predictably ambivalent.
“Thanks but no thanks, Sony,” wrote one user, adding “I perfer [sic] Custom Firmware/Jailbreak.”
“Great update…[w]e all know why people were wishing this update wouldn’t happen, and homebrew isn’t it,” countered another. “Homebrew clearly isnt [sic] all that useful if the most wanted psp features still arent [sic] available via homebrew.”
The preliminary hundred-plus comments were mixed, with several simply decrying the need for more frequent system updates.
“You’re going to lose customers this way,” wrote an obviously frustrated user. “This better not turn into the PSP with 5 updates only being for homebrew protection. You will never get ahead of the homebrew community. It’s been proven with everything.”
Another bemoaned the apparent pointlessness of the update: “Come on…useless updates are really annoying, you could at least give us people who dont [sic] mess with our consoles something good in the update.”
“[T]he jailbreak is not gone, geniuses…people who don’t update can still use it,” wrote a third user, convinced the update missed the point. “[B]tw, that hack hasn’t been used in online games so stop blaming them…blame your crappy noobish skills.”
At least one person claimed the update “fixed” the PS3’s internet browser, noting the “font now seems bold and easier to read while browsing.”
The problem with verifying? I don’t use the PS3’s browser enough to say, and Sony isn’t talking.
And wherever you stand on the legitimacy of something like PSJailbreak, it really ought to be.
another firmware update to block the so called piracy.. guess sony won’t stop.. here’s the best comment i’ve read:
If all people were using it for was homebrew then I am sure Sony would not minds. However we all know the majority will use it for illegal purposes of playing pirated games.
I don’t agree with this view.
First, Sony screwed themselves over by removing Linux. Notice that the PS3 scene was fairly silent until this happened. Mainly because the good hackers were content with being able to run code on their PS3 (albeit limited from low-level hardware access). You can argue whether Geohot had anything to do with it, but remember the PS3 Slim came out before Geohot joined the PS3 scene. Also, it’s only speculation so far as to whether or not the PSJailbreak devs used Geohot’s methods for hacking the PS3.
Piracy for games is overblown. For most people it’s too complicated and they won’t bother with it. Also, many people use backups for legitimate purposes. Some people use USBLoaders so they can have a Jukebox like experience or backup games specifically so they can keep the original copy unscratched. Another reason, which I consider to be legitimate, is the ability to try before you buy. DMCA laws are as such that it is very hard to return a game or movie. If you didn’t like it, well you’re stuck with it. Unless, you are exchanging for the same exact product, most stores will not allow you to return a game. Many people use piracy as a way to see if they like a game, and if they do they will go out and buy the game to support the developer. If you’ve ever downloaded a torrent or a rar from a newsgroup, you will see that the community is adamant about supporting developers of good games.
So who is pirating?
Poor people who would not be able to afford the game otherwise.
People who download a game to try it, with the intention of buying it if they like it, but otherwise will not purchase the game. Thus if they don’t buy it they are probably never playing the game again, and they probably would not have bought the game in the first place. And, they would have been stuck with it had they bought the game and then disliked it.
People who are using backups for legitimate purposes, who own an original copy.
The only people who hurt companies by pirating are rich kids who pirate. They enjoy the game, they have money to buy it, and don’t own an original copy. But even they make up a small minority.
It’s funny to see the BS numbers that the IP industry come up with for losses due to piracy. Apparently they believe that every download is equal to one lossed purchase. How many times has someone downloaded the same game more than once because their old copy got corrupt? How many of those people downloading the game would have bought it otherwise? How many of those people downloading it bought the game, but it got scratched and they don’t feel like repurchasing? How many of those people already own a game, but they want to keep it sealed in the original packaging for collecting? How many of these people live in an area where the game won’t be released, or an area where their release was censored?
When these industries claim billions of dollars in losses it’s no wonder why investors lose confidence. They spend money unnecessarily for piracy prevention which does them no good in the end. And every year they claim that piracy is driving them bankrupt because of their faulty logic when determining losses.
If the industry would just acknowledge that it’s just a small percentage of people actually stealing and spend less time on piracy prevention and more time on features that hackers usually have to bring to the table, then you would see the industry doing much better.
sony would never be able to catch up with piracy stuff. one day u do this the next day others overcome u. its just technology. it evolves every second. so stop trying and perhaps make more online gaming way better so that people would want to enjoy more from online gaming. im still disappointed when sony removed otheros functionality. i’ve been using it ever since i bought my ps3. up until now i have not update my ps3 to the latest firmware just to make sure i can still use my linux. now i can either update my firmware and loose my linux or keep my firmware and find out the jailbreaking stuff. perhaps that would let me play those pirate games.. oh please sony.. do us a favor will u. let us use the linux.. huh..
article from PC World.