PSJailbreak blocked by PlayStation 3 firmware update, claim users

Users claim the latest PS3 firmware update disables a recent hardware-based hack designed to allow play of pirates games

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.

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Matt Peckham

PC World (US online)
Topics: playstation, gaming, games, sony

Comments

Axe99

1

I think you're getting a little carried away with the last sentence. It's clear to anyone with half an interest in the video game industry that it's about copy protection, and I personally want Sony protecting the industry that provides me with so much entertainment (and the hundreds of thousands of workers it provides with livelihoods) from self-centred little twats that want to pirate games (I wouldn't be surprised if a number of these also complain about the shrinking of PC gaming that they were the driving factor behind).

Anyone who doesn't support content providers protecting publishers, developers, and gamers against piracy is either not a gamer or is stupid (as piracy diminshes gaming over the long run, and any gamer that takes action that dimishes gaming is pretty much by definition stupid).

YP

2

There can even be homebrew curing cancer, I'd still say no to it cos of piracy.

Orbilator

3

As stated in the comments section, homebrew sounds lovely, but I dont care what any one says its piracy that drives these devices and its Piracy 95% will be used for.

You can say how great the homebrew comunity is but I aint seen anything on the PSP homebrew scene that would make me flash a custom firmware to it.

Get over it people, and lets all laugh at the losers who spent 170 pounds on the devices LMFAO

Bozo

4

So they are complaining that they can't use homebrew to play their crappy garage made games? or maybe they are complaining because they can't play their old NES/SNES/GENESIS roms which they pirated in the first place.

The whole idea is to play pirated PS3 games for free.. this is the only reason behind this whole thing...

Give me a break... homebrew community my a$@

SITHLORD-GAMBLE

5

I hope it does block all the jailbreak hacks ... In the end, all u cheap bastards are costing the real gamers even more $ bc u refuse to pay for games ... I hope it bricks all ur systems, along with all u lag-switchers! Death to Hackers! RIP ps3 jailbreak! HAHA, serves u right u cheap bastards!

Add me on PSN everyone ... SITHLORD-GAMBLE

JonahFalcon

6

Screw homebrew and screw jailbreak. Sony can do whatever they like with the firmware on THEIR console so don't bitch that they are going to lose customers when they outlaw things that break their useage terms. The update took about one minute to download and install on my system so I really don't care if they update as needed to block any worthless hacks that are clearly done just to promote PIRACY (anyone who says its for "backups" is full of BS).

D.Vader

7

First off --- there is no such thing as a Console "JailBreak". Until PS3 or Xbox are made for specific ISPs then you can't "Jailbreak" it.

You can hack and mod it. But it's not Jailbreak, everyone using that term for consoles is a fawking retard.

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