Sony can detect PS3 mod chip dongle use
Mass PSN bans to follow?
Reports are coming in that Sony can detect use of the PS Jailbreak USB dongle when a console that's using the device is connected to the PlayStation Network.
The PS Jailbreak dongle is claimed to allow PS3 owners to rip games to external hard drives from where the titles can subsequently be loaded and played without the original disc being present.
According to dongle seller OzModChips.com, the add-on "tricks your console into thinking that it is a developer unit", a version of the PS3 that is rather more flexible than the one sold to punters, especially when it comes to using third-party software.
The dongle has its own backup management software and it seems to be this that Sony will be able to detect via PSN, PS3hax.net notes. The fear among PS3 owners - especially those who hope the dongle will let them play games nicked off the internet - is that this will allow Sony to prevent their machines from accessing PSN.
Microsoft has already used such a trick to ban modified Xbox 360 consoles from Xbox Live.
The PS Jailbreak is said to work with the current PS3 firmware, 3.41, on both slim and old-style consoles. OzModChips.com says the dongle's own firmware is "claimed" to be updateable, allowing it to be revised should a future Sony update block the device. ®
Not the same at all. Whilst some kids will try and hide behind OtherOS and "backups", the ONLY reason for buying one of these is freetard piracy.
The Jailbreak iPhone is different, it allows what Android users have by default, a Open and unrestricted enviroment.
What moron would buy one of these?
LOL, I can imagine the support... "Sony have blocked it, can I get my $150 back", NO, go away
"My PSN account and console has been permenently banned from online play, can you fix it", NO, go away.
Really you would have to be a moron to buy/use one of these. Stop being freetards and BUY games. £40 for 20 hours gameplay is incredible value for money.
Sony are only hurting themselves
I pretty much stopped using my PS3 once Sony blocked Linux. My wife is using it as a DVD player. It is not likely that I will ever buy or even play another game on my PS3. The PS3 is really getting long in the tooth anyway. I forgot how much better a PC is for gaming (not to mention that on a PC, I can use 3d right now).
YOUR only reason might be to play backups or to stand there preaching as to how YOU feel this device should / will be used.
What about allowing users to downgrade their ps3's firmware so that they can still use linux AND play the latest movies and games.
Your forward thinking is as cloudy as you are.
119 posts against the Apple jailbreak artice. 1 against this. Personally, i don't see this as being a significantly different business practice, so it still amuses me the amount of righteous anger directed towards Apple when all corporations are essentially the same!