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PlayStation update couples console to cloud and disconnects hackers

But for how long?

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Sony has released a PlayStation firmware update today which not only gives customers cloud space, but attempts to plug all penetrable gaps and make hackers rethink their approach.

Firmware 3.60 adds the cloud-based service for PS Plus subscribers that we mentioned last month. Those who pay subscription fees are now able to save game data online, so it can be easily accessed on other consoles.

The update also sees users given the option to set how long their control pads stay active when not being used. It's about time.

The biggest news of all however, at least for those with an interest in the PS3 hacking saga, is that the latest update makes it harder for anyone to gain unofficial access.

The creator of the PS3 jailbreak 'PSFreedom' reckons although the console may still be susceptible to attack, anyone doing so will have to start from square one.

Youness Alaoui (KaKaRoToKS) claimed "previous errors were epic fails.. [but] they seem to have fixed all the issues they had."

Speaking through his Twitter page, Alaoui said: "It looks to me (at first glance) that the ps3 has been resecured, but it doesn't mean it can't be broken again from scratch."

While he went on to enforce the fact he is not prepared to do hack it himself, someone out there probably is. Remember, the last PS3 update was hacked within 24 hours. Get your predictions in now. ®

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