Sony updates PS3 system software
Blocks homebrew hack?
Any console owner worried that the new system software will indeed prevent the USB dongle - and the code that replicated the add-in's ability to trick a shop-sold console into behaving like a software development box - from working can avoid installing the update.
The snag: they'll lose PlayStation Network access if they do. ®
what stinkin title
I'm a former card carrying member of the pirate club and have traded it in for a non-pirate club.
Based on my gut instinct, (which is formed around the people I've socialised with and the people I talk to online, ) the jailbreak allows 95% of those who download it to run pirated games.
There are 5% of people who will use it to satisfy some techy curiousity - all the power to them.
What do you do? Do you allow the 95% of people who will use the jailbreak for freeloading to damage the revenue stream for yours and other businesses so a minority 5% can do what they want with the console they "own"?
Ignore the megalomaniac that is Sony for one second here.
You spend money on an idea, and make it real, you intend to make money of that idea by selling the product to others. Are you going to let people stop you earning money just because they can? Or are you going to do whatever is in your power to protect your investement?
I also do not get the statement about "Sony once again treating all of their customers as criminals".
My ps3 is the original, yet the firmware updates will have no bearing on how it operates for me. I want to take advantage of the services that Sony offer so I agree to their terms and I operate by their rules. Call me conformist, but you know what, I just wanna play games.
I dont pay full whack for the titles, I prefer to wait for the drop in price, but I will pay something.
If I dont want to take advantage of those services, I have a choice. The choice is weighted heavily Sony's side, but its a choice none the less.
I hold no allegiance to Sony as a company , I just like their products over the likes of the MS offering. But I'd support MS attempt at ensuring that they score what revenue they deserve.
People may question the deserved nature of large profits, but you know what, they provided a product, we buy it. In that purchase we make that judgement about whether something is worth it or not.
Who can blame Sony or name any other corporation for continuing to maintain that success?
Who wouldnt want it to continue?
Everywhere went bat-shit crazy for this hack, 10s of thousand of orders put in for the devices, 99% of them weren't control-freak geeks looking to install (non-existent) homebrew, they were people wanting free games.
How can people get pissed at Sony stopping them from installing all this amazing "homebrew" when none of it actually exists.
Not surprising, really.
I was tempted to use the "Well, DUH!" title, but decided to exercise a little more empathy.
Firstly, Sony are only stopping folk doing what they don't want folk doing with hardware Sony have produced. Not too much to ask, I suppose. The PS3 is great for doing what most people want it to do without resorting to circumventing its operation.
However - Chris_B is right. This could be so much more if Sony bothered to spend the time it uses blocking piddly little hacks like this on actually developing a more open approach to homebrew, HDD backups and stuff legitimate users actually want.
So, come on, Sony. Let's have a nice C/C++/java/etc devkit for homebrewers, along with a way of running games from the HDD instead of disc. You've got the know-how to stop the pirates so prove to us how important we are by actually listening for a change!