Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion regarding the jailbreaking of the PlayStation 3. Late August saw the availability of PS Jailbreak, a USB hacking tool from an Asian company. However, it seems Sony is aiming to nip things in the bud with the next firmware update.
The BBC reports that, though the release of the latest update for the PS3, 3.42, doesn't add any functionality, it does block both the PSJailbreak and PSGroove applications. This is a mandatory update, which means if you want to continue PlayStation Network or the PlayStation Store you have to update.
Sony recently won an injunction against two Australian retailers who were selling the PS Jailbreak dongle. The injunction was a temporary one, lasting until August 31. Sony had until that date to make a case for a permanent ban on the PS Jailbreak USBs. According to the BBC, Sony also has also taken steps to stop the sale of the dongle in the U.S. and the Netherlands.
Here's to the end of piracy and the advancement of the gaming industry.
They could make 3.42 an "Update" by giving us Linux suport back!
That way I wouldn't be frustrated by the fact Sony is needlessly taking my bandwidth cause they suspect I'm a pirate.
Time for the next console apparently, Sony'll have their developers tied up with increasing DRM controls and other things that gain users nothing but stops a handful from getting something for nothing for a while.
I prefer XBL's system, let them pirate, then ban the machine from the network and from being fully functional offline.
Sony just gotta update certain code on the USB side of things and the hack will be history.
Good job Sony.