PS2 gaming service browser hacked

Access any site, not just Sony's

A PlayStation 2 owner has figured out how to access non-Sony web pages using the browser software provided with the console's online gaming service.

The PS2 typically points to a Sony server, and displays pages minus the web navigation tools computer owners are accustomed to using to surf the Net. Brook's self-confessed "hack" involves modifying the IP address the PS2 connects to when seeking out web pages, according to a BBC report.

Here's Brook's hack: start the Network Access Disc. Select Get Connected and then choose the Advanced Options button. Select Configure External Network Device and edit the settings file. Enter an IP address and away you go. We haven't got a PS2 on which to try it, but we trust the Blair-bustin' Beeb to have tried it out itself.

We'd like to suggest you try 212.100.234.54 as an IP address, which should connect you to our very own organ. But we should also point you to Brook's PS2-oriented site at 217.33.205.103 (or www.brookfresh.co.uk, if you're visiting from a regular browser).

We should point out that the hack only helps UK PS2 users - the US version of the software is different, and isn't configured in the same way. But if you know how the same effect can be achieved, let us know and we'll pass it on.

Brookfresh includes a browser-style address field in a frame at the top of the page, allowing PS2 users to visit other sites. Brook's site will soon support the ability for individual users to save bookmarks. ®

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